Spatial test for agricultural pesticide "blow-in" effect on prevalence of Parkinson's disease

J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol. 2006 Mar;19(1):32-5. doi: 10.1177/0891988705284707.


The current study used Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) clinical records, State of California pesticide application records, spatial maps of distribution of Parkinson's disease patients, and pesticide applications to determine if there was evidence for "blow-in" of pesticides as a factor in explaining the prevalence of Central Valley Parkinson's disease. The results did not support the hypothesis of increasing prevalence of Parkinsonism attributable to wind drift.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Agriculture*
  • Air Pollutants / analysis
  • Air Pollutants / toxicity*
  • California
  • Causality
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Humans
  • Parkinson Disease / diagnosis
  • Parkinson Disease / epidemiology*
  • Parkinsonian Disorders / chemically induced*
  • Parkinsonian Disorders / diagnosis
  • Parkinsonian Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Pesticides / analysis
  • Pesticides / toxicity*
  • Risk
  • Statistics as Topic
  • Topography, Medical*
  • Wind*


  • Air Pollutants
  • Pesticides