$3.7 million to help research neurological disorders linked to manganese

A slag heap of manganese ore fills the sky in the picture above. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are studying whether people living near a manganese smelter are at increased risk of neurological problems.
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Manganese – found in smoke from steel production and coal fires – has been linked to a range of neurological problems often seen with Parkinson’s disease: slowness, stiffness, tremors, anxiety, depression, cognitive changes, and difficulty walking and speaking.