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Pesticides Associated with Increased Parkinson’s Risk

The Huffington Post reports that "pesticide exposure could increase the risk of developing Parkinson's disease for people who possess a particular gene variant, according to a new study." The study, published in the journal Neurology, "not only showed that Parkinson's risk is increased from exposure to pesticides that inhibit aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH), an enzyme that detoxifies substances in cells, but also that the odds of developing the condition are two to five times higher for people exposed to these pesticides who also possess a variant of the ALDH2 gene." Read it in The Huffington Post. Read the study in Neurology.