Department of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA
Assessment of Parkinsonian Symptoms and Toxin Exposures in Firefighters
Author(s): Roshni Kotwani*, Andrea N. Clapp, Haley E. Huggins, Oceanis Vaou and Anna De Pold Hohler
Background: Parkinson’s Disease (PD) has been correlated with several
environmental and toxic exposures. The frequency of PD in firefighters is higher
than the general population, which may be due to the high amounts of toxin
exposures firefighters experience on the job. There is a need to further address
the high rates of PD among this subgroup. The purpose of this study is to improve
our understanding of the relationship between toxin exposure in firefighters and
Methods: An anonymous survey distributed to Massachusetts firefighters
assessed risk factors for toxin exposure and presence of Parkinsonian symptoms.
Risk factors included frequency and duration of time spent firefighting, number of
fires worked, and history of toxin exposure other than from fires (i.e., pesticides).
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