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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.
Scientists find link between soil metals and cancer mortality

Scientists find link between soil metals and cancer mortality

UIC researchers examine how arsenic affects development of diabetes

UIC researchers examine how arsenic affects development of diabetes

Scientists find significant amounts of toxic metals in e-cigarette vapors

Scientists find significant amounts of toxic metals in e-cigarette vapors

Indigenous people exposed to oil spills have harmful metal contaminants in their body, study finds

Indigenous people exposed to oil spills have harmful metal contaminants in their body, study finds

German researchers find way to accurately differentiate prostate cancer from benign tissue

German researchers find way to accurately differentiate prostate cancer from benign tissue

Cannabis Quality and Contamination Testing

Cannabis Quality and Contamination Testing

Cancer risk can be reduced with unique regulations for water treatment

Cancer risk can be reduced with unique regulations for water treatment

Chronic exposure to arsenic may increase risk of diabetes, study reveals

Chronic exposure to arsenic may increase risk of diabetes, study reveals

Sleeping sickness actually caused by acceleration of biological clocks

Sleeping sickness actually caused by acceleration of biological clocks

Men who tan tend to do it in riskier ways, study finds

Men who tan tend to do it in riskier ways, study finds

Arsenic found in infant and toddler food

Arsenic found in infant and toddler food

Researchers provide evidence of increase in cancer decades after arsenic exposure ends

Researchers provide evidence of increase in cancer decades after arsenic exposure ends

Research shows role of federal drinking water regulations in reducing arsenic exposure

Research shows role of federal drinking water regulations in reducing arsenic exposure

Arsenic trioxide could be powerful therapy to extend lives of certain glioblastoma patients

Arsenic trioxide could be powerful therapy to extend lives of certain glioblastoma patients

NAU establishes new research center to address health disparities across Southwest

NAU establishes new research center to address health disparities across Southwest

Two MSU researchers team up to tackle problem of arsenic poisoning

Two MSU researchers team up to tackle problem of arsenic poisoning

Manganese in underground drinking water can be harmful to human health

Manganese in underground drinking water can be harmful to human health

Indus Valley ground water in Pakistan shows alarmingly high levels of arsenic

Indus Valley ground water in Pakistan shows alarmingly high levels of arsenic

New Global Burden of Disease study estimates vast impact of asthma and COPD

New Global Burden of Disease study estimates vast impact of asthma and COPD

Lead detected in 20% of baby food samples, surprising even researchers

Lead detected in 20% of baby food samples, surprising even researchers