PARKINSON'S DISEASE NEWS
14th July 2009 - New research
GENES MULTIPLY THE EFFECT OF PESTICIDES ON PARKINSON'S DISEASE
perspectives  117 (6) : 964-969 (Ritz BR, Manthripragada AD, Costello S,
Lincoln SJ, Farrer MJ, Cockburn M, Bronstein J.)
The researchers do not explain how this defect can increase Parkinson's Disease. However, ridding dopamine too readily would explain the increased prevalence of Parkinson's Disease. In combination with exposure to pesticides, the risk of Parkinson's Disease was multiplied. Exposure to the pesticides paraquat and maneb, which are known causes of Parkinson's Disease, were increased by three times in those people that had one defect in the dopamine transporter, and by more than four times in those people that had two defects in the dopamine transporter. In some people the risk was many times greater than this. For more current news go to Parkinson's Disease News.
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