Plastic waste found for first time in human waste

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Plastic waste is accumulating more and more across the world, but now microplastics are being found in the human body.

A new study from Austria has discovered microplastics in human stools.

The study lead by Philipp Schwabl, a physician-scientist at the Medical University of Vienna, asked eight participants from eight different countries to track what they ate during one week and provide a stool sample at the end of the testing window.

The results of the study showed many different types of microplastics being found in the participants’ stool samples.

So how dangerous are microplastics and what should be done about them?

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