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Parkinson's disease linked with pesticide

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 11 November 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1175
  1. Abi Berger
  1. BMJ

    A commonly used organic pesticide called rotenone has been linked with Parkinson's disease. The cause of most cases of the disease is unknown, but epidemiological studies have suggested that chronic exposure to environmental toxins—such as pesticides—may be responsible for the degeneration of neurons containing dopamine. Now Dr Tim Greenmyre and his colleagues at the department of neurology at Emory University in Atlanta have shown that rotenone, administered intravenously over several weeks, …

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