Deaths-head Jester

[The Project]
[The ApocaDocs]
[Equal Share]
The Six Scenarios:
[Species Collapse]
[Infectious Disease]
[Climate Chaos]
[Resource Depletion]
[Biology Breach]


It's weekly, funny, and free!


More than 5,600 stories!

A great gift
for crisis deniers!

The ApocaDocs have a Book!
Humoring the Horror of the
Converging Emergencies
94 color pages
$24.99 now $15!
Or read FREE online!


Ping this story
in social media:

Posted Mon Feb 8 2010: from Los Angeles Times:
Industrial solvent linked to increased risk of Parkinson's disease
Exposure to the industrial solvent trichloroethylene increases a person's risk of developing Parkinson's disease nearly sixfold, California researchers said Sunday. Animal studies had suggested a potential problem with the solvent, but the new study by Dr. Samuel Goldman of the Parkinson's Institute in Sunnyvale is the first to quantify the risk. Parkinson's disease, caused by the death of cells in the brain that secrete the neurotransmitter dopamine, is characterized by severe tremors, rigidity in the limbs and other symptoms. It strikes an estimated 100,000 Americans each year and is ultimately fatal. Genetics play a role in susceptibility to Parkinson's, but it has also been linked to head trauma, pesticides and illicit drugs. Trichloroethylene, or TCE, is a solvent that was once widely used in dry cleaning and to clean grease off metal parts, and it was once used as an anesthetic, especially during childbirth.
[Read more stories about: contamination, ecosystem interrelationships, toxic leak]
This item will appear in our PANIQuiz!

No reader quips yet -- be the first!

Got a PaniQuip?

Your Quip (limit 140 characters, no links, just wit):

First name:

The text shown in the Web image to the right:

We reserve the right to reuse, remove, or refuse any entry.

'Doc Michael says:
Used "during childbirth"? So the newborns would be spankin' clean?

More stories:
  • Seaweed beds, the 'cradle of the sea,' vanishing
  • Blue jeans: 15000 litres/ pair
  • (Industrial solvent linked to increased risk of Parkinson's disease)
  • Even if you're careful, drugs can end up in water
  • Link Between Birth Defect Gastroschisis and the Agricultural Chemical Atrazine Found

  • Want to explore more?
    Try the PaniCloud!
    Copyright 2010 The