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The distinctive properties of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) make them useful in information technologies, optoelectronics, energy technologies, material sciences, medical technologies, and other fields. The risks posed by the increasing production and use of CNTs have led to concerns about their potentially detrimental health and environmental effects. Due to some CNTs sharing the same form as asbestos fibers, there are suggestions that they can cause pleural diseases similar to those found in humans exposed to asbestos.
The findings from a recent experiment on animals showed that lung and pleural lesions, inflammation, pleural fibrosis, lung tumors, and malignant mesothelioma can be induced by CNTs upon inhalation. The study focused on the stimulation of diseases caused by multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), and evaluating techniques for the pleural toxicity of MWCNTs.
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