Microplastics Revealed In The Placentas Of Unborn Babies
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An Italian study, published in early December, said microplastics were found in four out of six women’s placentas who consented to donate the organ after giving birth. Only a small portion of the placenta was sampled, suggesting the amount of microplastic was much higher, the authors of the study said.

The particles are usually five millimetres or less in diameter and have been detected in bottled water, drinking water, fish and sea salt in various studies.The findings of the recent study show that once microplastics are in the human body, they can also reach placenta tissues at all levels,the authors said.

Microplastics in a placenta may lead to dangerous pregnancy outcomes, including preeclampsia and fetal growth restriction. Due to the crucial role of placenta in supporting the fetus development, the presence of exogenous and potentially harmful particles is a matter of great concern, the authors stated.

There have been reports of microplastics found in human intestines and the gastrointestinal tract of marine animals.The authors of the Italian study said they’re not sure how the microplastics reached the bloodstream of the women as it could have been through the respiratory system or the gastrointestinal system.

If you find something in the placenta, this means you find something in the baby. It’s like having a cyborg baby: it is no longer made up of just human cells but a mixture of biological and inorganic materials, said Dr. Antonio Ragusa, director of the Uoc Obstetrics and Gynaecology Fatebenefratelli hospital

However, in a 2019 study, the World Health Organization (WHO) said there is not enough evidence to say ingesting these particles is harmful to human health. The levels of microplastics in drinking water don’t appear to be risky, but that research has been spotty and more is needed into their effects on the environment and health.

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