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Todd B. Sherer, Ranjita Betarbet, J. Timothy Greenamyre, "Pesticides and Parkinson’s Disease", The Scientific World Journal, vol. 1, Article ID 492635, 2 pages, 2001.

Pesticides and Parkinson’s Disease


Parkinson’s disease (PD), a common neurodegenerative disorder affects approximately 1% of the population over 65. PD is a late-onset progressive motor disease characterized by tremor, rigidity (stiffness), and bradykinesia (slowness of movement). The hallmark of PD is the selective death of dopamine-containing neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta which send their projections to the striatum and the presence of cytoplasmic aggregates called Lewy bodies [1-2]. Most cases of PD are sporadic but rare cases are familial, with earlier onset. The underlying mechanisms and causes of PD still remain unclear.

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