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Metal Pollution Tied to Parkinson's Disease

People living near sources of high manganese emissions, such as a steel factory, are at higher risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to the results of a new study.

The researchers analyzed data on roughly five million people, and compared Parkinson's rates to industry emissions of copper, lead and manganese obtained from the Environmental Protection Agency.

According to Reuters:

“In counties with little or no release of the metals, 274 out of every 100,000 people had the disease, compared to 489 in counties with high manganese levels. The risk remained increased even after accounting for differences in age, sex and race”.

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