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Too much of a small thing - microplastics in the human body

Liz Blamire

23rd September 2022

Microplastics have been found in human lungs and blood. But what damage are these tiny particles doing?

The short answer is - we don't know! There are many gaps in our knowledge regarding the harm caused by microplastics, as well as how prevalent they are throughout our bodies. But what we do know is a serious cause for concern. For example, plastic fibres have been found in the lung tissue of individuals with or that have died from lung cancer. Similarly, the concentration of microplastics was found to be significantly higher in the stool samples (poo samples) of individuals with inflammatory bowel disease, than those without the disease. Research has also shown that microplastics can deform human red blood cell membranes and impact cell function.

Read more:

Microplastics Are Found Outside in Nature and Inside the Body—but Evidence of Health Risks Is Inconclusive

Microplastics found in human blood for first time

Liz Blamire

Liz is a former NHS midwife, who has worked in community, birth centre and acute hospital settings. Liz is an SSAT Accredited Lead Practitioner, who has taught Health and Social Care in FE and secondary schools, where she was a successful HOD. Liz is an experienced senior examiner and author and is the current tutor2u subject lead for Health and Social Care.

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