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CDC study finds correlation between white collar jobs, ALS & Parkinson's mortality

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found a correlation between white collar workers and incidence of Parkinson's and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). PHOTO: MGN

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found a correlation between white collar workers and incidence of Parkinson's and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Researchers with the CDC examined data on over 12 million deaths and that person's job field. While previous studies have looked at toxic exposure links to ALS, endocardium disease and Parkinson's researchers decided to see if there were trends when it comes to the job itself.

They found occupations associated with higher socioeconomic status (SES) had elevated ALS, endocardium disease and Parkinson's mortality.

ALS

Jobs in the Education, training, and library fields reported the highest proportionate mortality ratio (PMR) of 1.67. It was closely followed by careers in the computer and mathematical field with a PMR of 1.66.

Workers in the legal field reflected a PMR of 1.62 and those in architecture and engineering reported a PMR of 1.55.

PARKINSON'S

The community and social services field had the highest PMR for Parkinson's with 1.48. That was followed by education, training, and library with a 1.46 PMR.

The legal field reported a 1.40 PMR and the life, physical, and social science filed rounded out the top four with a PMR of 1.33.

CHRONIC DISEASE of the ENDOCARDIUM (inflammation of the inner membrane of the heart)

The highest rates for CDE were found in the legal field (1.15 PMR) and management (1.13 PRM).

Researchers say exact reasons for the findings of the study are not understood but identifying the incident rates as connected to occupation is a starting point to find out the 'why.'

As the workforce increases in age --also a risk factor for the diseases-- researchers add the burdens of ALS and Prakinson's mortality could increase because the growth in workers employed in these higher socioeconomic fields.

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