Welders may be at increased risk for brain damage

Posted by Trish Riley, April 7, 2011

By Michael C. Purdy – Workers exposed to welding fumes may be at increased risk of damage to the same brain area harmed by Parkinson’s disease, according to a new study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.Fumes produced by welding contain manganese, an element that scientists have linked to neurological problems including Parkinson’s disease-like symptoms.“In the United States 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 U.S. workforce and the economy.”The study appears online April 6, 2011, in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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