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Story Updated: May 29, 2013
As Americans focus on beautiful lawns for summer... Italian researchers are sounding the alarm about some common pesticides.
Analysis of more than 100 different international studies suggests pesticides, like the common bug and weed killers used by millions, are associated with a higher risk of developing the nervous system disorder, Parkinson's disease.
Researchers drilled down, looking at the proximity of exposure...such as whether participants lived in the country or suburbs, their occupations and even whether they drank well water.
According to the data, exposure to bug or weed killers... and solvents... increased the risk of developing Parkinson's disease by 33 to 80 percent!
While this research didn't focus on whether the substances were inhaled or absorbed through the skin...it did suggest that the risk increases as the length of exposure to these chemicals increases.
I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the news doctors are reading health news that matters to you.