Pesticides and other toxic environmental agents can be dangerous risk factors in the development of ParkinsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s disease, according to the latest research by the ParkinsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Institute. Surprisingly, however, the group also noted that nicotine may actually help fight ParkinsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s disease.
The Collaborative Centers for ParkinsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Disease Environmental Research (CCPDER) is a joint study effort sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and includes scientists from Emory University, UCLA, and the ParkinsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Institute, which has coordinated the study.
Among the significant findings: Both epidemiological statistics and laboratory evidence have determined that pesticides such as Paraquat and Dieldrin are potential risk factors for ParkinsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s disease. In addition, they found that toxic environmental agents work to damage neurons by causing the accumulation of harmful proteins. On the positive side, the research found that anti-inflammatory drugs might be beneficial to patients, as is nicotine, which they say may act as a Ã¢â‚¬Å“neuroprotective agent.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Dr. Donato A. Di Monte, director of basic research at the ParkinsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Institute, said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The findings Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ will help us better understand the disease process, intervene earlier with neuroprotective treatment, and work on preventive measures against ParkinsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s disease risk factors.Ã¢â‚¬Â