Chemical Alert


Occupational exposure to a chemical used in dry-cleaning solutions and to degrease car parts raises the risk of Parkinson's disease six-fold. Scientists linked Trichloroethylene to the brain disorder after studying 99 sets of twins. One in each pair was a sufferer of the illness, which can cause limb tremors. The US Environmental Protection Agency says the chemical is a carcinogen


Down To Earth, December 2011