– Dr. Aparna Deshpande
A group of Dutch research scientists have confirmed the presence of microplastics in human blood. They also second the presumption about the particles making their way into the vital human organs.
The global plastic mayhem from the deepest oceans to the highest mountains and now in the human body is a serious tribulation for the society. The study done on a group of 22 volumeters showed the plastic remains mostly used for bottled drinks and few from the polystyrene food containers. The focus of the study is now on- is the plastic retained by the organs in the body? Is it excreted? Can it get over the blood -brain barrier? The studies are now taken in the the direction to address the ill effects. Also quantifying the microplastic is now on the radar of ecotoxicologist Dick Vethaak at Vrije University Amsterdam who is taking the study forward. As of today, there is just a qualitative conformation on the presence of microplastics, as the sample size is only restricted to the needle used for sampling. It is fairly imaginable that the blood might have more amount of undetected plastic as well. They confirm the source of plastic could be anything from air, water and food. Bloodstream can scientifically transfer plastic but its impact on the organs where it reaches remains dubious. Many scientists and research professionals are now coming up unequivocally against this belligerent mugger and its impact on the human health.
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