A new post in my series dedicated to reading skills, we will have a look at an interesting article about the connection between DDT, a banned pesticide in most countries, and the current epidemics of Alzheimer’s disease.
See below the link to the original article. Thanks to BBC News and the article’s writer for the excellent work!
28 January 2014 Last updated at 00:32 GMT
DDT: Pesticide linked to Alzheimer’s
- Exposure: contact with something, like a chemical product or radiation or UV rays…
- once: in the past
- widely used: many/most people used it.
- researchers: scientists looking for some information.
- four times: a multiplying factor. e.g. He earns four times as much as I do: I earn 20,000 he earns 80,000.
- evidence: something that proves a theory or a crime, etc… in this context “scientific evidence”.
DDT was a massively successful pesticide, initially used to control malaria at the end of World War Two and then to protect crops in commercial agriculture.
- massively: very widely and in big quantities.
- crops: plants grown by humans in a systematic way.
- concern: if you are concerned about something, you are interested, usually because you are affected. Also a little worried.
- to keep (malaria) in check: to control malaria, to keep it under control.
- Strikingly: surprinsingly.
- onset: start to develop
- chemicals: chemical products.
- charity: a charity is an organization that wants to do positive things for other people.
- relates to: is connected to
- suggests: says, but not directly
- whether: if