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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.
Consumption of inorganic arsenic bearing rice associated with elevated cardiovascular mortality

Consumption of inorganic arsenic bearing rice associated with elevated cardiovascular mortality

Researchers develop efficient and more sensitive method to test heavy metals in foods and water

Researchers develop efficient and more sensitive method to test heavy metals in foods and water

Dragonflies can help measure mercury pollution

Dragonflies can help measure mercury pollution

Pesticide use can speed the transmission of schistosomiasis

Pesticide use can speed the transmission of schistosomiasis

Multi-institutional project uses satellite data to determine incidences of cholera

Multi-institutional project uses satellite data to determine incidences of cholera

Cancer drug could help inhibit adenovirus infection

Cancer drug could help inhibit adenovirus infection

Study finds higher arsenic levels in US correctional facility drinking water

Study finds higher arsenic levels in US correctional facility drinking water

Type 2 diabetes is more prevalent in American Indians and Alaska Natives

Type 2 diabetes is more prevalent in American Indians and Alaska Natives

Scientists call for labeling to warn public about arsenic levels in rice

Scientists call for labeling to warn public about arsenic levels in rice

California isn’t testing enough children for lead, prompting legislation

California isn’t testing enough children for lead, prompting legislation

Co-occurring contaminants in groundwater may heighten health risks for North Carolinians

Co-occurring contaminants in groundwater may heighten health risks for North Carolinians

A review of the literature on acute promyelocytic leukemia

A review of the literature on acute promyelocytic leukemia

Population of Pakistan may soon get fresh clean drinking water

Population of Pakistan may soon get fresh clean drinking water

Trace metals in Leatherback turtle eggs could pose health risks to consumers

Trace metals in Leatherback turtle eggs could pose health risks to consumers

MDI Biological Laboratory announces expansion of innovative data literacy program

MDI Biological Laboratory announces expansion of innovative data literacy program

Warmer temperatures can lead to higher concentrations of arsenic in rice grains

Warmer temperatures can lead to higher concentrations of arsenic in rice grains

This story contains a warning that might cause alarm — or apathy

This story contains a warning that might cause alarm — or apathy

Study finds no clear link between cancer incidence and local food in glassworks areas

Study finds no clear link between cancer incidence and local food in glassworks areas

Contaminated tap water linked to more than 100,000 cancer cases in the US

Contaminated tap water linked to more than 100,000 cancer cases in the US

Fungus used in traditional medicine could slow neuron loss in ALS

Fungus used in traditional medicine could slow neuron loss in ALS