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Plastic Molecule Exposure May be Connected to Parkinsons

20th November 2023

Investigators from the Duke University School of Medicine discovered that cognitive function is impacted by nanoplastics and have been connected to Parkinson’s disease and other forms of dementia.  

Nanoparticles are minuscule plastic molecules that degrade in the environment and can seep into bodies of water and earth.  

Parkinsons is a degenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain resulting in tremors and muscle rigidity. With just over 10 million people worldwide with Parkinsons, it has become one of the most rapid rising mental disorders internationally and has no remedy.  

Lecturer for Pharmacology and Cancer Biology at Duke University School, Dr Andrew West has commented that Parkinson disease is rarely the result of genetics and instead certain chemicals and herbicides could be responsible.  

Dr west stated, “However, the known environmental risks account for a very small percentage of what may be lurking out there, increasing our risk of getting sick,” 

“When we have identified a bonafide risk for disease, or risks for progression of disease, in the environment, we can take steps to protect ourselves from those risks.” West added.  

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