Scientists are looking for volunteers to help assess the effects of exposure to pesticides and fungicides after studies show they increase risk of Parkinson’s disease.
r Lucy Collins-Stack and colleagues from University College Cork (UCC) are looking for volunteers to take part in a survey at the National Plowing Championships in Ratheniska, Co. Laois.
“Over a 15-year period, longitudinal studies have found that people with Parkinson’s disease are twice as likely to report having been exposed to a pesticide in their lifetime,” said Dr. Collins stack.
“Our survey is a broad approach. We will ask people what categories of pesticides they used. We think there might be a stronger connection to rural environments than cities, but we still want to look at both.”
In France, researchers have demonstrated the link between agrochemicals and Parkinson’s disease.
Another group shown to be at higher risk for Parkinson’s disease in research conducted abroad are golfers
They compared case numbers of Parkinson’s to their regions and found that places like Champagne and Bordeaux – wine-growing regions – have a higher prevalence of Parkinson’s disease in the population. These are areas where the use of fungicides is high.
according to dr Collins Stack, scientists predict there will be a Parkinson’s pandemic in the next few years.
This is due to the increasing elderly population coupled with the risk posed by fungicides and pesticides.
Another group shown to be at higher risk for Parkinson’s disease in research conducted abroad are golfers.
“Living in the country can mean that people are exposed to pesticides via the air or well water,” said Professor Aideen Sullivan of the UCC, who is working on the survey.
The scientists emphasize that while rural dwellers are of great interest to them, city dwellers who use pesticides in the garden or at work also want to take part in the survey. It can be done online at redcap.link/h9vsondd.
The researchers said anyone who has cause for concern after completing the survey should contact their GP or the Parkinson’s Association of Ireland helpline on 1800 359359.
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