Parkinson’s Disease: Workplace Risk Factors

Parkinson's disease is thought to be the second most common neurological disease (after Alzheimer's), affecting an estimated 34,000 to 60,000 Canadians and 4,500 to 8,000 British Columbians. Previous studies have examined associations between Parkinson's disease and genetic factors, environmental exposures (e.g. pesticides, heavy metals, solvents), and major head trauma. In an earlier study, the research team explored the distribution of Parkinson's disease within occupational groups. That work lead to the development of ideas about potential relationships between the disease and workplace exposure to respiratory infections and body vibration caused by heavy machinery. This study is an investigation of the potential links between occupational exposures and Parkinson's disease. It is the largest case-control study of Parkinson's disease conducted in Canada to date.

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