Microplastics as tiny plastic particles found ubiquitously in the environment, and their potential impacts on both marine life and mammals, including humans.
Microplastics infiltrate air, water, and food chains globally, outlining their environmental ubiquity.
Scarcity of research on the health effects of microplastic exposure in mammals and the need for further investigation.
Professor Jaime Ross and her team's research at the University of Rhode Island, aimed at exploring health consequences of microplastic exposure in mammals.
specific aspects of the study, including the focus on neurobehavioral effects, immune responses, and tissue accumulation.
Significant finding of a potential link between microplastic exposure and Alzheimer's disease.
Observed behavioral changes in mice exposed to microplastics, particularly in older subjects.
Immune marker changes and alterations in liver and brain tissues observed in the study mice.
Surprising finding of microplastic bioaccumulation in every major organ, including brain, liver, kidney, and more.
Remarkable ability of microplastics to infiltrate brain tissue and potential implications for neurological health.