Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurological disorder that affects movement. It is a progressive disease that develops gradually over time and worsens as the condition progresses.
PD occurs when the cells that produce dopamine, a chemical messenger in the brain, are damaged or die.
Dopamine is responsible for transmitting signals in the brain that control movement, and when dopamine levels decrease, it can result in a range of symptoms.
The most common symptoms of PD include tremors, stiffness, slow movement (bradykinesia), and difficulty with balance and coordination.
Other symptoms may include changes in speech and writing, loss of smell, constipation, sleep disturbances, and depression. PD can also affect cognitive function, including memory, attention, and executive function.
While the exact cause of PD is unknown, it is believed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
Some of the known risk factors for PD include age, family history of the disease, exposure to pesticides and other toxins, and head injuries.
In a study from the University of Rochester and elsewhere, scientists examined Parkinson’s disease (PD) and its potential link to trichloroethylene (TCE).
While some of the causes of PD are well-known, such as genetic mutations and head trauma, many cases are still unexplained. However, TCE is emerging as a possible factor that has been overlooked.
TCE is a versatile industrial solvent and common environmental contaminant that is often used for degreasing metal parts, decaffeinating coffee, and dry-cleaning clothes.
It is a colorless chemical that has been linked to parkinsonism since 1969, and since then, four case studies involving eight individuals have linked occupational exposure to TCE to PD.
Additionally, a recent study found that exposure to the solvent was associated with a 500% increased risk of developing PD.
It is important to note that exposure to TCE is not limited to those who work with the chemical. TCE can pollute outdoor air, taint groundwater, and contaminate indoor air.
The chemical evaporates from underlying soil and groundwater and enters homes, workplaces, or schools, often undetected.
Despite its widespread contamination and increasing use in industrial, commercial, and military settings, clinical studies of TCE and PD have been limited.
In the study, researchers did a literature review and the examination of seven illustrative cases.
They suggest that TCE is contributing to the global rise of PD and that TCE is one of its invisible and highly preventable causes.
Further research is needed to fully explore this hypothesis and determine the true extent of TCE’s impact on PD.
In conclusion, TCE is an industrial solvent and environmental contaminant that may be contributing to the global rise of PD.
While the exact mechanisms through which TCE may cause PD are not yet fully understood, the evidence suggests that TCE is a highly preventable factor that needs to be examined further.
As the use of TCE continues to increase, it is crucial to understand the potential risks associated with exposure and take steps to limit our exposure to this chemical.
There is currently no cure for PD, but treatments are available that can help manage symptoms and improve quality of life.
Medications such as levodopa and dopamine agonists can help increase dopamine levels in the brain, while other medications can help manage non-motor symptoms such as depression and sleep disturbances.
Physical therapy and exercise can also be beneficial in managing symptoms and maintaining mobility.
In addition to medical treatment, there are lifestyle changes that can help manage symptoms and improve overall health.
These may include a healthy diet, regular exercise, stress management, and avoiding toxins and other environmental triggers.
Support groups and counseling can also be helpful for individuals with PD and their families to manage the emotional and psychological impact of the disease.
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The study was conducted by Dorsey Ray et al and published in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease.
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