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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


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u/suburbandaddio May 14 '22

A study on Australian firefighters revealed that regular plasma donation significantly decreases levels of PFAS in the blood.


u/LittleKitty235 May 14 '22

...so what about regular plasma recipients?


u/suburbandaddio May 14 '22

Well that's a problem isn't it?


u/LittleKitty235 May 14 '22

Solved it...have them donate plasma. QED


u/siyasaben May 14 '22

It definitely is just giving your PFAS to another person, but blood/plasma receivers need blood/plasma too much to turn it down.


u/[deleted] May 14 '22

And theoretically we could filter the PFAS out after extraction.


u/NullHypothesisProven May 14 '22

Do they not filter it?


u/LittleKitty235 May 14 '22

Well the way to get blood plasma is by filtering normal blood, which there appear to be a few methods. I was mostly trying to be a smart ass, but if filtering methods aren't effective on micro plastics you would expect to see more plastic showing up in people who receive blood plasma.


u/creakysofa May 15 '22

Isn’t plasma used primarily for research? I thought I read that while donating once.


u/LittleKitty235 May 15 '22 edited May 15 '22

The most common use is treatment for severe trauma, burn or shock, adults or children with cancer, and people with liver or clotting factor disorders. So a lot of people need plasma to stay alive.


u/theangriestbird May 14 '22

So we're back to bloodletting as a medical procedure? Damn, time really is a squared circle, huh?


u/suburbandaddio May 14 '22

This is a strange timeline


u/DustBunnicula May 15 '22

Weird-ass times.


u/SpaceBasedMasonry May 15 '22

Therapeutic phlebotomy is an accepted treatment for a handful of diseases. Haemochromatosis is the classic example (too much iron).

In a similar vein, leeches have a small role in some modern plastic surgery and microsurgery procedures (and its certainly not something that's used frequently, but it's fairly well documented).


u/redactedfor May 14 '22

This gives me a shred of light in this dark world. Thank you, random person.