Microplastics – Changes in Behavior and Inflammation in Young and Old Mice Reported

According to the abstract of an August 1, 2023 International Journal of Molecular Science article https://www.mdpi.com/1422-0067/24/15/12308 by researchers with the University of Rhode Island “… the mismanagement of plastic waste has become a pressing global issue ... studies on microplastics (MPs) toxicity have shown that exposure to MPs induces oxidative stress, inflammation, and decreased cell viability in marine organisms … research on the health effects of MPs, especially in mammals, is still very limited. This has led our group to explore the biological and cognitive consequences of exposure to MPs in a rodent model … Data from these assays suggest that short-term exposure to MPs induces both behavioral changes as well as alterations in immune markers in liver and brain tissues ... These findings suggest the need for further research to better understand the mechanisms by which microplastics may induce physiological and cognitive changes …” #MicroPlastics #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #FoodPackaging #Inflamation #OxidativeStress @universityofri