Regular blood donation can remove toxic ‘forever chemicals’ from body, study finds

Plasma donation reduced average blood serum levels of ‘forever chemicals’ by about 30 per cent over 12-month period

<p>Presence of PFAS in firefighting chemicals means they often are found on military bases and in adjacent groundwater</p>

Presence of PFAS in firefighting chemicals means they often are found on military bases and in adjacent groundwater

Regular blood donation can help reduce the levels of some toxic synthetic chemical compounds known as “forever chemicals” that persist in the body, according to a new study.

These chemicals, known as PFAS or “per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances”, are found in common household objects such as non-stick pans, stain- or water-resistant materials and paints as well as carpets and clothes, and have been implicated in a range of adverse health outcomes.

Legacy firefighting foams also contain PFAS, and studies have shown that firefighters have higher PFAS levels in blood samples than the general population.

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