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Arsenic is a naturally occurring element widely distributed in the earth’s crust. In the environment, arsenic is combined with oxygen, chlorine, and sulfur to form inorganic arsenic compounds. Arsenic in animals and plants combines with carbon and hydrogen to form organic arsenic compounds.

Breathing high levels of inorganic arsenic can give you a sore throat or irritated lungs.

Ingesting very high levels of arsenic can result in death. Exposure to lower levels can cause nausea and vomiting, decreased production of red and white blood cells, abnormal heart rhythm, damage to blood vessels, and a sensation of “pins and needles” in hands and feet.

Ingesting or breathing low levels of inorganic arsenic for a long time can cause a darkening of the skin and the appearance of small “corns” or “warts” on the palms, soles, and torso.
Electronic hookah kills 80% more lung cells than traditional counterpart

Electronic hookah kills 80% more lung cells than traditional counterpart

Parasite's biological clock could help improve treatments for deadly sleeping sickness

Parasite's biological clock could help improve treatments for deadly sleeping sickness

Researcher highlights ten main problems that must be addressed to modernize toxicology

Researcher highlights ten main problems that must be addressed to modernize toxicology

New interactive tool helps consumers to effectively balance benefits, risks of eating seafood

New interactive tool helps consumers to effectively balance benefits, risks of eating seafood

Gluten-free diets linked to increased risk for arsenic and mercury exposure

Gluten-free diets linked to increased risk for arsenic and mercury exposure

USU researchers develop new primer that improves studies into arsenic contamination

USU researchers develop new primer that improves studies into arsenic contamination

Aluminum cookware made from scrap metal poses serious and unrecognized health risk

Aluminum cookware made from scrap metal poses serious and unrecognized health risk

Researchers discover Hedgehog signaling pathway is key to formation of gastrointestinal stromal tumors

Researchers discover Hedgehog signaling pathway is key to formation of gastrointestinal stromal tumors

Large-scale groundwater pumping increases arsenic risk in Southeast Asia

Large-scale groundwater pumping increases arsenic risk in Southeast Asia

Scientists identify new genetic variations contributing to onset of APL

Scientists identify new genetic variations contributing to onset of APL

New method using electrical conductivity could be effective in measuring blood present in dry blood spots

New method using electrical conductivity could be effective in measuring blood present in dry blood spots

Researchers detect high levels of arsenic, chromium and kidney injury biomarker in children of Mexico

Researchers detect high levels of arsenic, chromium and kidney injury biomarker in children of Mexico

Study reveals distribution of toxic arsenic in cell nuclei of plants

Study reveals distribution of toxic arsenic in cell nuclei of plants

New European standard method can help measure inorganic arsenic content in foods

New European standard method can help measure inorganic arsenic content in foods

Chinese medicines may contain hazardous chemicals

Chinese medicines may contain hazardous chemicals

Austrian scientists detect new membrane-bound arsenic substances in herring caviar

Austrian scientists detect new membrane-bound arsenic substances in herring caviar

Low levels of arsenic may influence fetal growth

Low levels of arsenic may influence fetal growth

NJIT students building low-cost water filter for people suffering from kidney disease in rural Sri Lanka

NJIT students building low-cost water filter for people suffering from kidney disease in rural Sri Lanka

UGA study helps solve mystery of how African trypanosomes communicate

UGA study helps solve mystery of how African trypanosomes communicate

Researchers identify transporters responsible for arsenic accumulation in plant seeds

Researchers identify transporters responsible for arsenic accumulation in plant seeds