Parkinson’s linked to pesticide exposure in vineyard farmers

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This result suggests agricultural practices and pesticides used in these vineyards may play a role in Parkinson’s disease. Photo: Pexels


(Alexandra Thompson/ Yahoo News) — Pesticide exposure may raise the risk of Parkinson’s disease in farmers, research suggests.

The progressive condition is caused by a loss of nerve cells in the part of the brain responsible for producing the chemical dopamine, which helps co-ordinate movement.

Exactly why this occurs is unclear, however, the disease is known to run in families and is increasingly being linked to environmental factors, like traffic and air pollution. (…)

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