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Pesticide exposure contributes to faster ALS progression

While exact causes of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) remain unknown, new research showspesticides and other environmental pollutants advance the progression of the neurodegenerativedisease.  The latest study from the University of Michigan ALS Center of Excellence, recently published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery Psychiatry (a BMJ journal), supports the group's 2016 research that found increased levels of numerous pesticides in blood tests of people with ALS, says senior author Eva Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., director of U-M's ALS Center of Excellence.  "Our latest publication shows that other toxins like polychlorinated biphenyls, known as PCBs, are alsoelevated in ALS patients and correlate with poor survival," says Feldman, a Michigan Medicineneurologist. "Our research shows that environmental pollution is a public health risk that we believemust be addressed." ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a rapidly progressive disease that causes people to lose their ability to move their limbs and body.  Read more...

 

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