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Exposure to pesticide linked to Alzheimer's

28th January 2014

A team of researchers at Rutgers University and Emory University tested the blood of 86 people with Alzheimer's disease and found levels of DDE were 3.8 times higher than the control group. 

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DDE is a chemical compound formed from DDT - a very popular pesticide of the 20th century. 


Prof Allan Levey, the director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Centre at Emory, said: "This is one of the first studies identifying a strong environmental risk factor for Alzheimer's disease."


Although Alzheimer's predates the use of DDT, it could be suggested that the chances of contracting the disease are increased if in the body.


The World Health Organisation still recommends using DDT to keep malaria in check.  Alzheimer's Research UK said more evidence was needed to prove DDT had a role in dementia.


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