Healthy Living

Feb 4, 2014 6:52 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Certain pesticides contain chemical that can increase risk for Parkinson's

Past research has shown certain pesticides increase a person's risk for developing Parkinson's Disease.

Now, a new study has identified at least 11 pesticides that contain a chemical that poses danger to people with a specific gene.

Scientists at UCLA found people with the affected gene were two to six times more likely to develop Parkinson's than those without the gene, when exposed to the pesticides identified in the study.

Researchers say the findings are concerning because the pesticides are used in buildings, parks, and golf courses. The pesticides can also be found in our food supply.

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