|
|
|
|
|
9th Jamadi-ul-Awwal 1436 | Monday, Mar 02, 2015
Health

More pesticides linked to Parkinson`s disease

Saturday, 5 January 2013
Comments(0)
Washington, January 05:

More and more pesticides are being linked with the rising incidence of Parkinson`s among farm workers and those who live near croplands, according to a research.

Parkinson`s is a disease that afflicts those over 50 years, which destroys brain cells producing dopamine. It is characterised by slowing of movement, partial facial paralysis, peculiarity of gait and posture, and weakness.

Now, University of California — Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have discovered a link between Parkinson`s and another pesticide, benomyl, whose toxicological effects still linger some 10 years after the chemical was banned by US Environmental Protection Agency, the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported.

Even more significantly, the research suggests that the damaging series of events set in motion by benomyl may also occur in people with Parkinson`s disease who were never exposed to the pesticide, said Jeff Bronstein, senior study author and professor of neurology at UCLA and colleagues.

Benomyl exposure, they say, starts a cascade of cellular events that may lead to Parkinson`s.

The pesticide prevents an enzyme called ALDH (aldehyde dehydrogenase) from keeping a lid on dopal, a toxin that naturally occurs in the brain, according to an UCLA statement.

When left unchecked by ALDH, dopal accumulates, damages neurons and increases an individual`s risk of developing Parkinson`s.

The investigators believe their findings concerning benomyl may be generalised to all Parkinson`s patients.

Developing new drugs to protect ALDH activity, they say, may eventually help slow the progression of the disease, whether or not an individual has been exposed to pesticides.

IANS

Latest News

Woman dies of swine flu in Tamil Nadu

A 39-year-old woman died of swine flu at government hospital here, hospital sources said Monday. Click here.. The ...

Ali Zafar names newly-born daughter Alyza

Pakistani actor Ali Zafar has revealed he has named his seven-day-old daughter Alyza. The 34-yea ...

Rains sweep large parts of India, fresh snowfall in J&K

Land and air traffic was badly affected in Jammu and Kashmir as snowfall and rainfall continued for ...

Related News

International Yoga Festival begins in Rishikesh

Terming Yoga India's gift to the world, Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma today said that the ide ...

Alzheimer's amyloid clumps found in young adult brains

Scientists have for the first time found that an abnormal protein whose accumulation in the brain is ...

How low- calorie diets can lead to healthy...

A new study has shed light on the beneficial effects of low-calorie diets on healthy aging. The study conducted at Harvard T.H. Chan Sch ...

Post new comment

To combat spam, please enter the code in the image.

Rs. 26660 (Per 10g)

Opinion Poll
Do you think the dharna against Modi Government's land ordinance would be successful?
YesNoCan't say

Matrimony | Photos | Videos | Search | Polls | Archives | Advertise | Letters

© The Siasat Daily, 2012. All rights reserved.
Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Abids, Hyderabad - 500001, Telangana, India
Tel: +91-40-24744180, Fax: +91-40-24603188
contact@siasat.com