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October/November 2009 (vol. 06/3)

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Pesticide link to Parkinsonism

A large case–control study identified a significant raised risk of Parkinson’s disease with occupational use of pesticides, but there was no association with work in healthcare, education or welding, contrasting previous evidence. Risk of the condition increased with pesticide use in general and specifically with use of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid. Forty-nine of the cases (8.5%) had exposure to pesticide use, compared with 27 (5.3%) of the controls.

Archives of Neurology 2009; 66(9): 1106–1113. http://archneur.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=797977

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Occupational Health at Work October/November 2009 (vol. 06/3) pp39