This news ought to be paid attention to by people with relatives suffering from Parkinson’s disease. A study reveals that workers in contact with tricholorethylene (TCE), a chemical extensively applied to mop metal like auto parts, could be at a considerably elevated danger of contracting Parkinson’s disease.

The study included approximately job histories from 99 pairs of twins in which only one of the twins apparently suffered from Parkinson’s disease. All the participants were said to be men and were recognized from the World War II-Veterans Twins Cohort study. Twins were used in the study by experts since they either are hereditarily the same or incredibly akin or offer a perfect population for assessing ecological threat issues.

Study author Samuel Goldman, MD, with the Parkinson’s Institute in Sunnyvale, California, and a member of the American Academy of Neurology, commented, “This is the first time a population-based study has confirmed case reports that exposure to TCE may increase a person’s risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. TCE is a popular industrial solvent that is still widely used to clean grease off metal parts.”

The study discovered that workers who are in contact with TCE appeared to have five and a half times more chances to suffer from Parkinson’s disease as compared to individuals not exposed to the chemical. People exposed to TCE seemed to have job histories comprising of dry cleaners, machinists, mechanics or electricians.

The study would be published at the American Academy of Neurology’s 62nd Annual Meeting in Toronto.