People exposed to pesticides in the home or garden may have a significantly higher risk of Parkinson disease, according to a new study presented in San Diego last month at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting.
Although other studies have linked occupational exposure to these chemicals as a risk factor for Parkinson disease, the study is the "largest yet of newly diagnosed people with the illness and the first to show a significant association between home pesticide use and the risk of developing Parkinson's disease," said Lorene Nelson, PhD, a neuroepidemiologist at Stanford University School of Medicine, who presented the findings.
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