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Health Agencies Update
June 22/29, 2005

Health Effects of Insecticides

JAMA. 2005;293(24):2992. doi:10.1001/jama.293.24.2992-b

A new study involving 18 782 farmers in North Carolina and Iowa has revealed that agricultural insecticides can cause neurological symptoms, even when the products are no longer being used. The research, part of the ongoing Agricultural Health Study funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the National Cancer Institute, and the Environmental Protection Agency, will be published in Environmental Health Perspectives (

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