Environmental exposures in elderly Canadians with Parkinson's disease.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

BACKGROUND: Etiologic hypotheses for Parkinson's disease have implicated environmental factors, genetic factors, or a combination of the two. METHODS: Data from a survey of elderly Canadians (n = 10,263) with regard to their history of Parkinson's disease and previous environmental exposures were analyzed. Exposure to various environmental factors was compared between 87 patients with Parkinson's disease and 2070 elderly controls without Parkinson's disease. RESULTS: Exposure to plastic resins (OR (odd ratio) = 8.79), epoxy resins (OR = 6.94), glues (OR = 4.26), paints (OR = 3.84), and petroleum (OR = 2.30) products was significantly (p < 0.05) associated with Parkinson's disease. CONCLUSION: These substances deserve further exploration with respect to the possible development of parkinsonism.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Chaturvedi, S; Ostbye, T; Stoessl, AJ; Merskey, H; Hachinski, V

Published Date

  • August 1995

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 22 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 232 - 234

PubMed ID

  • 8529177

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0317-1671

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/s0317167100039901


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England