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Tests suggest dementia may be linked with pesticide use

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The Independent

People exposed to pesticides for many years may be at greater risk of dementia. The warning comes from a study of 614 French vineyard workers whose mental functioning was tested over a period of up to six years between 1997 and 2003.

Pesticides are suspected of causing a range of conditions from autism to cancer, but epidemiological evidence of their long-term effects has been been lacking. The new study is claimed to be the first to provide prospective data on potential neurological damage.

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