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Get­ting rid of dust may ward off ex­tra pounds, sug­gests an an­i­mal study from Duke Univer­sity. When in­ves­ti­ga­tors ex­posed mouse tis­sue cells to sam­ples of in­door dust from dif­fer­ent homes, 82 per­cent of the cells de­vel­oped into ma­ture fat cells, ac­cu­mu­lat­ing triglyc­erides and di­vid­ing to cre­ate a larger pool of fat cells. Ac­cord­ing to the study au­thors, en­docrinedis­rupt­ing chem­i­cals (EDCs) found in floor­ing, de­ter­gents, toys, per­sonal-care prod­ucts and more end up in house­hold dust; when in­haled, the chem­i­cals are thought to spur the growth of fat cells. The re­searchers say that re­mov­ing ex­ces­sive dust buildup can re­duce your ex­po­sure to EDCs.

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