DDT (Pesticide): Potential Link with Alzheimer’s Disease (BBC News / JAMA Neurology)


Exposure to the pesticide DDT, which was used commonly after WW2, may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease, according to research published in JAMA Neurology. Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease, statistically, had four times more residual DDT lingering in their bodies than healthy people.

Read more: BBC News. DDT: Pesticide linked to Alzheimers.


Gallagher, J. (2014). DDT: Pesticide linked to Alzheimer’s. London: BBC Health News, January 28th 2014.

The potential significance of this article is put into context by the following NHS Choices Behind the Headlines critical appraisal:

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DDT pesticide exposure may up Alzheimer’s risk. London: NHS Choices Behind the Headlines, January 28th 2014.

This relates to:

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Richardson, JR. Roy, A. [and] Shalat, SL. [et al] (2014). Elevated Serum Pesticide Levels and Risk for Alzheimer Disease. JAMA Neurology, January 27th 2014, [Epub ahead of print]. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).

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