Common household chemicals could harm the development of critical brain cells, new study says | Top Vip News


In a new study by researchers at Western Reserve University School of Medicine in the US state of Ohio, it was found that chemicals found in disinfectants, furniture and even toothpaste could hinder the development of critical brain cells. The study said these substances may be associated with neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis and autism spectrum disorders.

The study noted that exposure to environmental chemicals can hinder neurological development.

The study, which was published in the journal ‘Nature Neuroscience’, It found that while genetics plays a key role, environmental factors also contribute significantly to neurological diseases that affect millions of people around the world.

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He noted that exposure to environmental chemicals can hinder neurological development, with oligodendrocytes potentially susceptible due to their developmental period from gestation to adulthood. Despite this, there has been limited evaluation of the potential risks of environmental chemicals to oligodendrocytes.

“The loss of oligodendrocytes is the cause of multiple sclerosis and other neurological diseases,” said the study’s principal investigator, Paul Tesar.

“Our findings suggest that closer scrutiny of the impacts of these common household chemicals on brain health is needed,” Tesar said. “We hope that our work will contribute to informed decisions about regulatory measures or behavioral interventions to minimize chemical exposure and protect human health,” he added.

Meanwhile, speaking about the study, environmental chemist Oliver Jones from Australia’s RMIT University said: “It’s not a question of whether something is toxic or not, but whether it is toxic under the conditions we are likely to be exposed to.”

“In this case, the authors have exposed cells in a Petri dish to a relatively high amount of these compounds, which is not the same dose route or duration of exposure that humans might normally encounter,” he added.

However, experts cautioned that the study, which included higher-than-usual exposure levels, raised concerns in occupations that regularly come into contact with disinfectants, such as cleaners and child care providers.

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