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Rates of Parkinson’s disease are exploding. A common chemical may be to blame | Parkinson's disease | The Guardian

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Tracking the seemingly harmless cause

Most cases of Parkinson’s disease are considered idiopathic, i.e. they lack a clear cause. Yet researchers increasingly believe that one factor is environmental exposure to trichloroethylene (TCE).

It's a chemical compound used in industrial degreasing, dry-cleaning

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The research speaks for itself

The clearest evidence around the risk of TCE is around workers who are exposed to the chemical in the work-place.

  1. A 2008 peer-reviewed study in the Annals o...

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What is TCE, anyway?

TCE is a carcinogen linked to renal cell carcinoma, cancers of the cervix, liver, biliary passages, lymphatic system and male breast tissue, and fetal cardiac defects, among other effects.

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Government intervention and public awareness could be the solution

Policy and effective government intervention are crucial when it comes to testing, monitoring and remediating TCE contaminated sites, and that it’s important to raise awareness of TCE’s role in surging rates of Parkinson’s.

Failure to address the issue will...

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