Learn how the use of pesticides may raise the risk of developing Parkinson's disease especially among those living on a farm or who have exposure to pesticides in this report from Insider Medicine.
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Susan Sharma: This is insidermedicinein60 from North Carolina. Use of pesticides may raise the risk of developing Parkinson's disease. Over 300 patients with Parkinson's were compared to their relatives with regards to a prior history of well use, living on a farm or exposure to pesticides. Those who had Parkinson's were 60% more likely to report direct pesticide exposures. Drinking well water or living on a farm were not associated with a higher risk of developing the disease. From Utah, A new test, which uses DNA from the cheek cells of a child, mother and potential father, can correctly identify parents with 99.9% accuracy. While the test costs $20 to purchase, there is also a $119 lab fee to analyze the results. The test will be available in all states with the exception of New York where paternity testing can only be done with a prescription or a court order. Finally, from Maryland, The FDA is advising retailers and wholesalers to remove cantaloupes from a Honduran company due to fear that the fruit may contain salmonella. The outbreak has led to 50 cases of salmonella in 16 states. If you do buy cantaloupes, avoid those that are bruised, refrigerate immediately, and wash both hands and fruit before cutting. For Insidermedicinein60, I'm Dr. Susan Sharma.

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