(STUDY) Parkinson’s linked to drinking water at Camp Lejeune

The following is an excerpt from MedPage Today.

Exposure to the industrial solvent trichloroethylene (TCE) and other volatile organic compounds in drinking water raised the risk of Parkinson’s disease decades later, an analysis of 158,000 military veterans showed.

Personnel who lived at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina from 1975 to 1985 had a 70% higher risk of Parkinson’s disease (OR 1.70, 95% CI 1.39-2.07, P<0.001) compared with those who lived at Camp Pendleton, a large California base, reported Samuel Goldman, MD, MPH, of the University of California San Francisco and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and co-authors.

Exposure occurred when Marines were an average of age 20, the researchers wrote in JAMA Neurology. Parkinson’s diagnoses emerged at Camp Lejeune an average of 34 years later.

Former Camp Lejeune residents also had a higher prevalence of prodromal features like tremor, suggesting that for some veterans, Parkinson’s might not yet be diagnosed.

Trichloroethylene has been used since the 1920s to de-grease metal, decaffeinate coffee, and dry clean clothes. It has been linked with cancer, miscarriages, neural tube defects, congenital heart disease, autoimmune disorders, and Parkinson’s disease in earlier research.

“This is by far the largest human epidemiological study to implicate trichloroethylene as a cause of Parkinson’s disease,” Goldman told MedPage Today. “It confirms what we suspected — namely, that TCE exposure is a risk factor for Parkinson’s disease.” (Continued…)

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2 thoughts on “(STUDY) Parkinson’s linked to drinking water at Camp Lejeune”

  1. What is the risk to those that drank decaf coffee or worked in the dry cleaning business over the years since TCE has been used since the 1920’s?
    We used trichlor in the Navy to clean equipment back in the 1980’s.

    The best thing the government can do is to pay any individual/family that was at Camp Lejune over a certain period of time without the need for shysters to get compensation. Too often major payouts are made where the winners are not the victims, but the lawyers. Screwing both the victims and the taxpayers.

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