New research has linked pesticides with Parkinson’s risk. The AFP reports:Scary stuff right here.
Research on nearly 1000 Parkinson's sufferers in five countries -- one of the largest such studies to date -- showed that high-level [of pesticide] exposure upped the risk of contracting the debilitating brain disease by 39 percent.
Lower-level exposure, consistent with hobby-gardening use of pesticides, corresponded with a nine-percent increase, said Finlay Dick, the lead author of the study, published in the British journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Parkinson's is an incurable, degenerative disease of the central nervous system that causes uncontrollable shaking, along with impaired speech and movement. In approximately one third of cases it also results in dementia.