U.S. Study Links Pesticides to Parkinson's Disease

U.S. researchers have found that people who used two types of pesticide were 2.5 times as likely to develop Parkinson's disease.

The pesticides in question are paraquat and rotenone, which are not approved for house and garden use. Research on animals had already linked paraquat to Parkinson's.

According to Yahoo News:

"Rotenone directly inhibits the function of the mitochondria, the structure responsible for making energy in the cell ... Paraquat increases production of certain oxygen derivatives that may harm cellular structures. People who used these pesticides or others with a similar mechanism of action were more likely to develop Parkinson's disease."

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