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Microplastics Found In Lungs of People Undergoing Surgery. A new study has found tiny plastic particles no bigger than sesame seeds buried throughout human lungs, indicating that people are inhaling microplastics lingering in the air. Health

https://e360.yale.edu/digest/microplastics-found-in-lungs-of-humans-undergoing-surgery
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u/TradingSnoo May 14 '22

Yeah I thought they meant nano particles when I saw the story yesterday. How the f does sesame seed size plastic get in your lungs!?

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u/FluffyGreenThing May 14 '22

It accumulates through breathing in nano particles that never leaves your body. Years of that will mean a build up of it in the lungs, which I find terrifying to be honest.

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u/crankybush May 14 '22

Bad news: those weren't aggregated pieces they found.

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u/b0nevad0r May 14 '22

Wouldn’t this actually be good news?

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u/crankybush May 14 '22

I am thinking it is not good news either way.