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08 April 2011

Welders may be at increased risk for brain damage

Welding fumes may increase risk of damage to the same brain area harmed by Parkinson’s disease.

Welding fumes may increase risk of damage to the same brain area harmed by Parkinson’s disease, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found.

“In the US alone, there are more than 1 million workers who perform welding as a part of their jobs,” says Brad Racette, MD, professor of neurology at Washington University School of Medicine. “If further investigation of this potential link between neurotoxic effects and these fumes proves it is valid, it would have a substantial public-health impact for the US workforce and the economy.”

 
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