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Herbicide triggers inflammation, study finds

According to a recent study, linuron, a herbicide used with other herbicides, insecticides and fungicides to control the growth of grass and weeds, may be an important environmental risk factor in developing neurological diseases, including multiple sclerosis (MS).

Linuron was banned in Europe in July 2018 because of potential health risks, but is still currently used in the US and other countries.

The study, published in the journal Cell, found that linuron amplifies inflammation in the central nervous system, which could potentially trigger MS. The study showed the compound can promote pro-inflammatory signals in the brain and spinal cord of mice with an MS-like disease.

This study highlights environmental mechanisms that control astrocyte pathogenic activities and establish a multidisciplinary approach for the systematic investigation of the effect of environmental exposure in neurological conditions.

Source: MS-UK, 29/01/2019

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