United States: Volatile and toxic chemicals typically used in garages can radically boost the risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) among workers. 

According to the researchers, the top three ways that Americans can be exposed to ALS while working in garages is by using gasoline- or kerosene-powered equipment, gas-powered equipment and lawn care chemicals. 

More about the study findings 

The authors’ analysis demonstrated that a 15 percent increment in ALS occurrence was linked to exposure to those three chemicals. 

The researchers have noted that other chemicals such as pesticides, paint, and backyard owners’ supplies also significantly contribute to getting the disease. 

Stuart Batterman, the senior researcher, and a professor of environmental health science at the University of Michigan School of Public Health said, “Especially in colder climates, air in the garage tends to rush into the house when the entry door is opened, and air flows occur more or less continuously through small cracks and openings in walls and floors,” as US News reported. 

Moreover, “Thus, it makes sense that keeping volatile chemicals in an attached garage shows the stronger effect,” Batterman added. 

Moreover, the most updated building codes adopt the program of blocking the air flows by introducing prescribed measures to reduce or eliminate the effects of these air flows, noted Batterman. 

Therefore, for this investigation, researchers examined chemicals in 600 homes, which included both ALS-fighting individuals and glioma/pancreatic cancer-fighting ones. This chronic disorder causes acute problems by killing the ability of the brain to give commands to the body’s muscles. 

In their studies, researchers pointed out that the risks of ALS from the exposure to chemicals that are stored are mainly associated with high levels. 

The findings of the study were published in the journal Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration. 

Garage Chemicals Linked to Increased ALS Risk for Workers in the US. Credit | Unsplash
Garage Chemicals Linked to Increased ALS Risk for Workers in the US. Credit | Unsplash

Higher pesticides in ALS patients’ blood 

The latest finding data corroborated with the earlier studies, which also found higher levels of pesticides in the blood of those people with ALS and hence further associated pesticides with worse survival odds for ALS, as explained by the researchers. 

According to US News reports, Dr. Eva Feldman, the senior researcher and director of the ALS Center of Excellence at the University of Michigan, stated, “With each study, we better understand the types of exposures that increase the risk of developing ALS,” as the US News reported. 

Further added, “We now need to build on these discoveries to understand how these exposures increase ALS risk,” said Feldman. 


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