7th January 2010 - New research


Environmental Health Perspectives [2009] 117 (12) : 1912-1918 (Gatto NM, Cockburn M, Bronstein J, Ritz B, Manthripragada AD) Complete abstract

Investigators have hypothesized that consuming pesticide-contaminated well water plays a role in Parkinson's Disease, and several previous epidemiology studies support this hypothesis. Researchers investigated whether consuming water from private wells located in areas with documented historical pesticide use was associated with an
increased risk.

They separately examined six pesticides (diazinon, chlorpyrifos, propargite, paraquat, dimethoate, and methomyl) from among 26 chemicals selected for their potential to pollute groundwater or for their relevance to Parkinson's Disease, and because at least 10% of their population was exposed to them. People with Parkinson's Disease were more likely to have consumed private well water and to have consumed it on average 4.3 years longer than normal. High levels of three of the pesticides (methomyl, chlorpyrifos, propargite) resulted in a 70% to 90% increase in the risk of Parkinson's Disease. The study demonstrated that consuming well water presumably contaminated with pesticides can increase the likelihood of Parkinson's Disease. For more current news go to Parkinson's Disease News.


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