Detecting microplastics in human samples

As billions of tons of plastics continue to be deposited on and in the land and water systems of our planet, they degrade into microplastics (MPs) that are between one…

Spectroscopy reveals a high abundance of microplastics in human placenta

Scientists have used a spectroscopy technique to identify and characterize microplastics in the human placenta. The study published in the journal Science of The Total Environment provides a detailed overview…

In vitro gut models reveal how microplastics affect the GI tract

Plastics were discovered in 1950 and, since then, have remained some of the most widely used materials in the world. Increased demand for plastics has led to the accumulation of…

Microplastics detected in placentas, infant feces, breastmilk, and infant formula

Due to the exponential increase in the manufacturing, use, and disposal of plastics, the pollution of these products continues to overwhelm ecosystems throughout the world. Following their release into the…

Microplastics are so insidious that they have made it into the human bloodstream, study finds

Microplastics, as their name suggests, are typically defined as plastic particles that are five millimeters or less across or in length. Because they often contain chemicals linked to illnesses like…

Children are more exposed to microplastics than adults, says expert

Plastic breaks down into microplastics and even smaller nanoplastics. These plastics can be found almost everywhere around the globe. Researchers can now confirm the presence of microplastics in the placenta…

Review highlights lack of research data on health effects of nano- and microplastics on fetuses, newborns

A new, international review conducted by researchers reveals that there is not enough research data on what kind of health effects nano- and microplastics have on newborn babies, or during…