Renal disease linked to chronic pesticide exposure

PesticideA study published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine and summarized by The Organic Center has found that chronic exposure to specific pesticides is associated with end-stage renal disease in licensed pesticide applicators. The study utilized data from 320 participants in the Agricultural Health Study from North Carolina and Iowa. All of the cases were male licensed pesticide applicators diagnosed with end-stage renal disease between their initial enrollment in the 1990s and December 2011. Use of the herbicides alachlor, atrazine, metolachlor, paraquat, and pendimethalin as well as the insecticide permethrin were all associated with end-stage renal disease.

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