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An Edinburgh University study has warned that tiny particles used in the manufacture of everyday products from computers to shampoo can harm the lungs.

The Edinburgh team say manufacturers using nanoparticles should be aware of the risks that different types of nanoparticles pose to workers who handle them.

Nanoparticles can be 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair but researchers say they are potentially hazardous to workers handling these chemicals, which are used to make products, as they may be at risk of inhaling them.

The particles are not, however, thought to pose any substantial risk once they are incorporated in consumer goods used by the public.

Researchers found that some nanoparticles were more likely to trigger an asthmatic-style reaction while others led to a worsening severe lung injury. Thompsons Solicitors are Scotland’s leading experts on dealing with lung damage cases, particular clients who have been exposed to asbestos dust and particles.

If you or a family member suffers from a lung condition then contact Thompsons today on 0800 0891 331 and we can help you claim the compensation you deserve on a No Win No Fee basis.

Read the research team’s report at: Study pinpoints threat to workers’ lungs

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