Study Links Alzheimer's Disease With Pesticide DDT
Researchers found people with Alzheimer's disease had an average of four times the amount of DDE, a product of DDT, in their blood.By Candice Aviles | January 28, 2014
A new study suggests the connection between Alzheimer's in elderly adults and the pesticide DDT might be a strong one.
Researchers at Emory University School of Medicine studied 86 people with Alzheimer's and 79 without. They measured the amount of DDE, which comes from DDT, in their blood and found those with Alzheimer's had four times the amount of those without. (Via CBS, JAMA Neurology)
According to the BBC, the study also showed that when brain cells were exposed to a lot of DDT or DDE, they saw the development of more amyloid plaque in the brain, which is thought to be a cause of the disease. (Via BBC)