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LSU study of Parkinson's shows links to chemicals

Posted at 8:53 PM, Jul 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-05 21:53:30-04

A new study of individuals treated for Parkinson’s disease in Louisiana found a clear correlation between the disease and the use of two types of herbicide and one pesticide in rural areas dominated by forestry, woodlands and pastures, our media partners at The Advocate/Times Picayune report.

The study also found that Parkinson’s disease has become less common in areas of the state where cotton, corn and soybean farmers have switched to the use of the herbicide glyphosate, sold under the brand name of Roundup — although that product has recently been linked to some forms of cancer, which the study did not examine, the newspapers report.

The peer-reviewed, open-access study by three LSU researchers was published online in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health on Feb. 29.

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