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New Survey in Humans Shows Link Between Advanced Liver Disease and Glyphosate

Results advance previous research showing exposure to Roundup herbicide caused liver disease

A new study shows that patients with an advanced form of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) called non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and have higher glyphosate residue levels in their urine, compared with patients with the less serious form of NAFLD.

Patients with NASH are considered to be at a high risk of developing even more serious diseases, such as cirrhosis and liver cancer.

The study was led by Prof Paul Mills of the Dept of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego, with the involvement of the NAFLD Research Center in La Jolla, California. The sample size was 97 patients. 

The new study advances previous research led by Dr Michael Antoniou at King's College London. Dr Antoniou's team found that rats fed the glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup at very low levels within regulatory safety limits developed NAFLD and NASH over a long-term period of two years.

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