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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.
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

New research could help design algae that produces fuels and cleanup chemicals

New research could help design algae that produces fuels and cleanup chemicals

Mother calls for protein shake regulation after daughter dies

Mother calls for protein shake regulation after daughter dies

Exposure to airborne metal pollutants linked with greater risk of mortality

Exposure to airborne metal pollutants linked with greater risk of mortality

Arsenic in drinking water may lead to thickening of the heart's main pumping chamber

Arsenic in drinking water may lead to thickening of the heart's main pumping chamber

Mining microbial treasures from human-made noxious sites

Mining microbial treasures from human-made noxious sites

New study pinpoints better strategies to stem arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh

New study pinpoints better strategies to stem arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh

Drinking water contaminated with arsenic may lead to changes in heart structure

Drinking water contaminated with arsenic may lead to changes in heart structure

Researchers discover new broad-spectrum antibiotic that contains arsenic

Researchers discover new broad-spectrum antibiotic that contains arsenic

Key gene involved in transmission of African sleeping sickness identified

Key gene involved in transmission of African sleeping sickness identified

Smartphone test detects unsafe arsenic levels in water

Smartphone test detects unsafe arsenic levels in water

UA researchers are developing new method to make drinking water safer

UA researchers are developing new method to make drinking water safer

Pollutants appear to weaken immune system and increase pathogen virulence

Pollutants appear to weaken immune system and increase pathogen virulence

$2.7 million grant supports UIC researchers to study role of arsenic in development of diabetes

$2.7 million grant supports UIC researchers to study role of arsenic in development of diabetes

Material used to filter beer and wine could transfer heavy metals to it

Material used to filter beer and wine could transfer heavy metals to it

Megaphages detected in the intestinal tract of humans who eat high-fiber, low-fat diet

Megaphages detected in the intestinal tract of humans who eat high-fiber, low-fat diet

Free screening for lung cancer can save money while building healthy relationship with patients

Free screening for lung cancer can save money while building healthy relationship with patients

Gut microbes play important role in protecting against arsenic toxicity, research shows

Gut microbes play important role in protecting against arsenic toxicity, research shows