Paraquat and Parkinson's disease

Paraquat and Parkinson’s Disease: Symptoms, Treatment, and Compensation

The link between paraquat and Parkinson’s disease (PD) has been the subject of several studies for decades now, and the evidence is overwhelming. Speculations about the potential association between paraquat and Parkinson’s disease sparked when the toxic herbicide paraquat caused a public health scare in the 70s after it was sprayed over marijuana fields in […]


Where is Paraquat still used in USA

Paraquat Usage by State: Where is Paraquat Still Used in the USA?

You would think that after years of controversy surrounding the toxic herbicide paraquat, years of constant scrutiny from experts, environmental organizations, and advocacy groups, or after thousands have already filed a paraquat exposure lawsuit, the United States will consider a permanent ban of its use on American agricultural lands.  Unfortunately, that is not the case. […]


Paraquat Oxidative Stress

Paraquat and Oxidative Stress: Effects on Cells and Non-Target Organisms

Oxidative stress refers to an imbalance between the formation of oxidants and antioxidants in the body, in favor of oxidants. Excess production of oxidants overwhelms antioxidant defenses, which can lead to damage on a cellular level and eventual cell death.  Oxidative stress is also linked to a handful of health conditions, including cancer, diabetes, and […]


Paraquat Murders and Suicides

Paraquat Murders and Suicides: Rates of Intentional Poisoning Worldwide

The association between the herbicide paraquat and various long-term health problems, including, among others, severe dermatitis, respiratory failure, and Parkinson’s disease, has been a long-standing concern for advocacy groups and environmental organizations worldwide.  In fact, the link between paraquat and Parkinson’s disease is the main reason why thousands of plaintiff lawsuits have already been filed […]


Antioxidant Treatment Against Paraquat Toxicity

Antioxidant Treatment Against Paraquat Toxicity: Is It Effective?

The production of free radicals is the main mechanism of paraquat poisoning. When produced in excess, these free radicals can cause oxidative stress, a process that can alter cell membranes and result in cell damage down to the DNA level. This damage ultimately contributes to a handful of life-long conditions, including neurodegenerative disorders, such as […]


diquat vs paraquat

Diquat vs. Paraquat: Similarities, Differences, and Health Effects

Diquat and paraquat are two widely used herbicides whose popularity can be attributed to the speed and efficacy with which they act. However, these two chemicals are not only popular because of their effectiveness.  The truth?  Diquat and paraquat also gained notoriety for the exact opposite reason – the illnesses attributed to their use. In […]


What countries have banned paraquat

What Countries Have Banned Paraquat?

With its acute toxicity and link to Parkinson’s disease, it comes with no surprise that Paraquat use has been banned in several countries across the globe. Aside from studies linking the highly toxic herbicide to Parkinson’s, evidence also continue to mount on many other alarming health effects it can cause. From birth defects to learning […]


Paraquat poisoning

Paraquat Poisoning: Definition, Symptoms, and Treatment

Paraquat poisoning is a leading public health problem in several developing countries such as those in Asia, Pacific nations, and the Americas. Due to its accessibility and affordability, many people from said countries use paraquat to commit suicide.  Because ingestion is the route of exposure that is most likely to result in poisoning, the most […]

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