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Pollution and Parkinson’s- Is there a link?

 An analysis of 35,000 Parkinson’s patients by the scientists at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, USA has revealed that higher levels of copper and magnesium levels in urban areas can be linked to increased risk of Parkinson’s disease. It was found that people living in areas with higher concentrations of these two chemicals were at a 78 % increased risk of Parkinson’s as compared to those living in pollution free areas.  The report was published in “American Journal of Epidemiology.” Its conclusion was drawn by reviewing the Medicare data and industrial discharge reports to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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