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Researchers Find Plastic Traces In The Lung Tissues Of The Human Body

Scientists have found particles of plastics in human tissues with PET and polypropylene most common. Image credits: Pexels Microplastic pollution has caused damage to the lungs of living people. The traces of plastics have been discovered in the tissues of the patients undergoing surgery. Scientists said that microplastic pollution is everywhere across the world, which has made human exposure unavoidable. Hence, there is an increasing concern regarding health hazards. Samples were analysed to detect the presence of microplastic pollution. These samples were taken from the tissues removed from patients undergoing surgery. Out of 13 patients, microplastics were found in 11 cases. The most common particles were PET, used in making bottles and polypropylene, used in making pipes and plastic packaging. Previous studies have shown the traces of plastics at high rates in lung tissues taken during autopsies. These tiny particles have entered the human body through air, water and food. Worker

Coral Reefs Believed to Be Resistant, Found Vulnerable in Israeli Study

Researchers at  Bar-Ilan University, Israel , have found that massive urban development near the Gulf of Eilat (also known as the Gulf of Aqaba) is affecting the marine habitat. It was earlier believed that the coral reefs in the Gulf are resistant to rising water temperature, bleaching and global warming compared to their counterparts around the world. Image credit: Pixabay The researchers investigated if urbanization is disturbing the natural biorhythms (a rhythmic biological pattern in the functioning of the organism that controls, metabolism, growth and reproduction) in corals. And if yes, then how? They also examined whether urbanization could be a factor resulting in the global decline of corals. The research was led by Dr Yaeli Rosenberg with Prof. Oren Levy , Director of the Marine Lab at Bar-Ilan University's Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences. The coral samples were collected from the two sites in the Gulf of Eilat, at the northern tip of the Red Sea. One

Microplastics from take away food are worsening antibiotic resistance crisis says study

Photo by Oliur on Unsplash The styrofoam container that you gladly use to take out food is contributing to rising antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic resistance develops when microorganisms like bacteria and fungi develop the potential to overthrow the drugs that are meant to kill them. The recent research carried out by Rice University scientists has shown that styrofoam supports antibiotic resistance in bacteria and provides a suitable environment for their further growth. How Does Styrofoam Add To Antibiotic Resistance? Styrofoam is a special type of styrene polymer used for making food containers. When it is discarded, it’s broken down into microplastics (small plastic pieces in the environment resulting from the degradation of consumer products) that provide a comfortable environment not only for the microbes and chemical impurities but in addition to the free-floating genetic supplies that transfer the ability of resistance to the microbes, researchers say. A paper published in

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