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Nanoplastics in placentas and plaque

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Researchers published their findings in Toxicological Sciences last month. Using high-resolution scanning and extremely high-speed ultracentrifuges to isolate the nanoparticles, the researchers found microplastics in all 62 placenta samples they had.

“When applied to the 62 placenta samples, the technique revealed that more than half of all plastics found in the placenta are polyethylene – the most commonly produced plastic on our planet, responsible for most single-use bags and bottles. Other plastic particles identified in the placenta include polyvinyl chloride, nylon, and polypropylene, all of which are probably several decades old, having been weathered and oxidized for years in the environment before being inhaled or ingested by humans” reports Science Alert.

This month, researchers in Italy published their discovery of microplastics in artery-clogging plaque. Their study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Kick your plastics addiction today!

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