LOS ANGELES — Nail plants are causing more than just pain.
They’re also killing more people than they’re saving, a new study shows.
The research shows that nail plants kill more than 10,000 Americans a year and cause up to 3.5 million to be diagnosed with cancer, heart disease and stroke, and more than 2.5 billion annual deaths, according to a study published online Thursday in the journal Nature.
The study, by researchers from the National Institutes of Health, also found that nearly half of those killed by nail plants were children.
More than 1,300 people a year are killed in the United States by other means, and the majority of them are men, according a 2014 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
That’s a lot of people, but not enough to be an accurate statistic, said the study’s lead author, James K. Miller, a professor of toxicology at Johns Hopkins University.
Miller said the research also does not include the many deaths from other forms of indoor air pollution, such as the pollution from cars and trucks.
That data is hard to come by, he said.
For the study, Miller and his team analyzed air samples from more than 400 people with cancer from the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, Australia and the United Nations.
“What we saw was that the people who were most affected were those who were smokers and had had a high rate of smoking,” Miller said.
“So these people had higher exposure to toxic chemicals and the ones who were the most exposed had the highest rate of cancer.”
Miller said that’s because nail plants produce chemicals called endocrine disrupting chemicals, or EDCs.
EDCs, he explained, have been linked to birth defects and other adverse health effects, including cancers and cardiovascular disease.
We all know about the health effects of the chemicals that nail-plant users spray, but the actual health effects are really quite different.
So the question is how many people are exposed to these chemicals, how much of them do they cause, and what is the average amount of exposure to these EDCs that a person is exposed to each year?
“So the first thing we did was take a lot more samples, and we’re not sure how many of those we have,” Miller explained.
“We’re still in the early stages of this.
We’re trying to find out how much EDCs are being released, and how many are actually causing the disease.”
Researchers analyzed air from more 200 people from across the country, but Miller said the average exposure for the average person is about 10 times higher than what they are exposed with nail plants.
They found that, in the U.K., where the study was conducted, nail plants cause about 5,000 cases of cancer annually.
“There are about 7 million people in the UK,” Miller added.
“In the U, the figure is about 6 million.
So it’s not that people are killing themselves because they are having problems with the EDCs.””
But the number of deaths from the chemicals we studied is less than 1% of the total number of people who are exposed each year to these compounds.
So it’s not that people are killing themselves because they are having problems with the EDCs.”
The study also found, for the most part, that people exposed to EDCs lived for a shorter time, and were less likely to die from other causes.
Miller said he hopes the findings help lead to new and improved products that people can spray on their nails.
The research was funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.