- Discovery and quantification of plastic particle pollution in human blood
D. Vethaak, M. Lamoree et al.
Environment International (vol. 163, May 2022)
- Relationship Between Particle Properties and Immunotoxicological Effects of Environmentally-Sourced Microplastics
Y.C.M. Staal, F.R. Cassee
Frontiers in Water (vol. 4, May 2022)
Follow-up research into health risks of microplastics needed
In 2019, ZonMW started with 15 breakthrough projects about the health effects of micro- and nanoplastics. Now the first results are out. Experimental human material or laboratory animals have been exposed to micro- and nanoplastics. This shows that small plastic particles can cross the intestinal wall, the lungs, the placenta and even the blood-brain barrier. They also appear to disrupt the functioning of these different body cells. Sometimes inflammatory reactions also occur.