A recent study published in the journal Environment International found plastic particles in blood samples in 80% of people tested.

The effects of microplastics in the body aren’t known – but researchers said the new results areconcerning and that microplastics could damage human cells.

Neil and Roy look at the vocabulary used in the headlines about this story.

Video chapters:
0:00 – Introduction
0:28 – Story
1:26 – Headline 1: Tiny particles of plastic have been detected in human blood for the very first time. They can’t be filtered out
4:50 – Headline 2: ‘Extremely concerning’: Nearly 80% of people’s blood may contain microplastics – key risks
7:55 – Headline 3: Adverse health effects of micro- and nanoplastic particles in food
10:19 – Language summary

Key words and phrases

filtered out
removed completely

We tried to filter out the background noise in the video edit.
The survey decided to filter out people from lower age groups as they weren’t important to the findings.

key risks
most significant potential dangers

The potentially faulty steering was seen as a key risk.
I thought his key points in the speech weren’t important.

adverse effects
negative and harmful consequences

The adverse effects of the new medication will be studied.
Due to adverse weather conditions, no trains will be running.

To download the audio and a transcript and test your understanding, go to our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/newsreview-2022/unit-1/session-17

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