Study Finds Link Between Industrial Solvent And Parkinson’s Disease

I have been following with interest reports of a major breakthrough in establishing links between Trichloroethylene (TCE) and Parkinson’s disease. Scientists from America and Europe found in a study that individuals who had been exposed to the industrial solvent were six times more likely to develop Parkinson’s.
Parkinson’s disease can lead to a person suffering from debilitating speech impairment and slow movement. Sometimes referred to as the ‘shaking palsy’ it can begin with tremors in one limb and in later stages affect intellect as well as physical movements.  It is caused by the loss of nerve cells in the brain and runs for an average period of ten years before typically resulting in death caused by infection or pneumonia.

Trichloroethylene Still Used As Greasing Agent

A positive aspect of the latest study findings suggest a period of around forty years between exposure to TCE and the onset of Parkinson’s so in theory the disease can be stifled somewhat before serious symptoms manifest.
Thankfully many uses of TCE were outlawed in the 1970s and 1980s until when it was widely used as an ingredient in dry cleaning solutions glue and carpet cleaners. Yet it is still used as a greasing agent for metal parts exposing some factory workers and those in the manufacturing and building trades to risk of contact. Americans must be particularly wary as it is estimated that up to 30% of the country’s water supply is contaminated with TCE.

Larger Scale Studies Required To Learn More About TCE And Parkinson’s

I concur with Dr Michelle Gardner of the charity Parkinson’s UK who welcomed the study and called for further largescale studies to confirm the link. I also hope the brainiacs in industry can work on alternative greasing agents for metal parts so as not to compromise the safety of those who build and work with machinery.
If you have contracted a serious disease or illness as a result of exposure to a dangerous substance through the course of your employment please contact us today to discuss your claim free of charge with a specialist Industrial Diseases solicitor.
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