Thursday, January 21, 2010

Pesticides Linked to Blood Disorder

(HealthDay News) -- People who apply pesticides have double the normal risk of developing a precancerous blood disorder, say U.S. researchers.

Called MGUS (monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance) and characterized by an abnormal level of plasma protein, the disorder requires lifelong monitoring because it can lead to multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells in the bone marrow.

The study looked at 678 men, aged 30 to 94, in North Carolina and Iowa who apply pesticides and compared them to more than 9,000 men from the general population in Olmsted County, Minn.

No cases of MGUS were found among those younger than 50 in the pesticide-exposed group, but the rate of MGUS in those older than 50 was 6.8 percent. That was 1.9 times higher than among the men in the general population group. Read more...

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