City workers remove plastics and other garbage floating on a river in Manaus, Brazil’s Amazonas state, last month. Photo: AP
City workers remove plastics and other garbage floating on a river in Manaus, Brazil’s Amazonas state, last month. Photo: AP
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Microplastics found in humans’ lungs, kidneys, spleen, placenta: ‘They’re everywhere’

  • Scientific studies are increasingly detecting microplastics in some human organs – with uncertain implications
  • Chemicals found in plastics can affect growth, metabolism, blood sugar, blood pressure and even reproduction when ingested by animals

City workers remove plastics and other garbage floating on a river in Manaus, Brazil’s Amazonas state, last month. Photo: AP
City workers remove plastics and other garbage floating on a river in Manaus, Brazil’s Amazonas state, last month. Photo: AP
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