Pesticides linked to increased risk of developing ALS

Persistent environmental pollutants like pesticides are associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and may represent modifiable ALS disease risk factors, according to a study published online in JAMA Neurology, titled “Association of Environmental Toxins With Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.”

Persistent exposure to environmental toxins, combined with a genetic susceptibility, may trigger motor neuron degeneration as explained in the gene-time-environment hypothesis.

To evaluate the association between occupational exposures and environmental toxins on the odds of developing ALS, Eva Feldman, MD, PhD, with the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and colleagues studied occupational exposures and environmental factors in Michigan.

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