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Posted Tue Nov 15 2011: from BBC:
Study links Parkinson's disease to industrial solvent
Researchers found a six-fold increase in the risk of developing Parkinson's in individuals exposed in the workplace to trichloroethylene (TCE). Although many uses for TCE have been banned around the world, the chemical is still used as a degreasing agent. The research was based on analysis of 99 pairs of twins selected from US data records.... The study also adjudged exposure to two other solvents, perchloroethylene (PERC) and carbon tetrachloride (CCl4), "tended towards significant risk of developing the disease".... "Our findings, as well as prior case reports, suggest a lag time of up to 40 years between TCE exposure and onset of Parkinson's.... Groundwater contamination by TCE is widespread, with studies estimating up to 30 percent of US drinking water supplies are contaminated with TCE.... PERC, like TCE, is used as a dry-cleaning agent and degreasing agent, and is found in many household products.
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'Doc Jim says:
Solvent? Madge, you're soaking in it.
And if you remember that Palmolive ad, you're likely well into the "lag time."

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