Pesticides linked to depression in pesticide applicators

12 Nov

An article in Modern Farmer reports on a study linking pesticides with depression in pesticide applicators. Here is the original study.  From the results section of the abstract:

“After weighting for potential confounders, missing covariate data, and dropout, ever-use of two pesticide classes, fumigants and organochlorine insecticides, and seven individual pesticides—the fumigants aluminum phosphide and ethylene dibromide; the phenoxy herbicide (2,4,5-trichlorophenoxy)acetic acid (2,4,5-T); the organochlorine insecticide dieldrin; and the organophosphate insecticides diazinon, malathion, and parathion—were all positively associated with depression in each case group, with ORs between 1.1 and 1.9.”

OR is the abbreviation for odds ratio, explained here.

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