• Researchers Have Found Microplastics in Human Waste for the First Time

    26 days ago - By Time

    A new study found microplastic particles in human waste for the first time, a worrying sign of the prevalence of plastic in the food chain, the Guardian reports.
    In the small study of participants from Europe, Russia and Japan - presented at United European Gastroenterology's meeting in Vienna - all eight were found to have microplastic particles in their stool samples. Out of 10 varieties tested for, nine different plastics were identified in the human waste, with polypropylene and polyethylene terephthalate the most common.
    Based on their findings, the study researchers expect that tiny...
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  • Microplastics detected in human stool for the first time in trial study

    Microplastics detected in human stool for the first time in trial study

    26 days ago - By National Post

    In the next 60 seconds, people around the world will purchase 1 million plastic bottles and 2 million plastic bags. By the end of the year, we will produce enough Bubble Wrap to encircle the equator 10 times.
    Though it will take more than 1,000 years for most of these items to degrade, many will soon break apart into tiny shards known as microplastics, trillions of which have been showing up in the oceans, fish, tap water and even table salt.
    Now, we can add one more microplastic repository to the list: the human gut.
    In a pilot study with a small sample size, researchers looked for...
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  • Plastic pollution leads to microplastics in the gut

    26 days ago - By Healio

    VIENNA - In a small pilot study presented at UEG Week 2018, researchers found microplastics in human stool samples, likely caused by increased plastic pollution and plastic contamination of food.
    Philip Schwabl , of the Medical University of Vienna, and colleagues wrote that plastic accumulates in the ocean where it can be ingested by sea creatures like tuna, lobster and shrimp and then enters the human food supply.
    “This is the first study of its kind and confirms what we have long suspected, that plastics ultimately reach the human gut,” Schwabl said in a press release. “Of
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