Parkinson’s Disease Linked to High Levels of Pesticides

People with Parkinson’s disease have been found to have significantly higher  levels of a pesticide called beta-HCH (hexachlorocyclohexane) in their blood than healthy people.

Researchers found the pesticide in 76 percent of people with Parkinson’s, compared with 40 percent of healthy controls and 30 percent of those with Alzheimer’s. The finding might provide the basis for a beta-HCH blood test to identify individuals at risk for developing Parkinson’s disease.

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