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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.
Safe drinking water may be out of reach for almost 400,000 Californians, analysis reveals

Safe drinking water may be out of reach for almost 400,000 Californians, analysis reveals

Environmental exposure to low-levels of toxic metals may increase risk of clogged arteries

Environmental exposure to low-levels of toxic metals may increase risk of clogged arteries

Drug combination highly effective in children with standard- and high-risk acute promyelocytic leukemia

Drug combination highly effective in children with standard- and high-risk acute promyelocytic leukemia

Researchers develop ferritin-based nanomedicine for targeted delivery of leukemia therapy

Researchers develop ferritin-based nanomedicine for targeted delivery of leukemia therapy

Long working hours are increasingly causing work-related deaths, global report says

Long working hours are increasingly causing work-related deaths, global report says

Addressing Honey Fraud in Global Food Chains

Addressing Honey Fraud in Global Food Chains

Study discovers biological mechanism linking long-term arsenic exposure to cancer, diabetes

Study discovers biological mechanism linking long-term arsenic exposure to cancer, diabetes

Study finds 24% higher prostate cancer risk among rescue/recovery workers after World Trade Center attacks

Study finds 24% higher prostate cancer risk among rescue/recovery workers after World Trade Center attacks

Restoration can improve mining contamination, indicates study

Restoration can improve mining contamination, indicates study

Water samples collected from Baltimore’s farms and gardens contain low levels of lead, shows study

Water samples collected from Baltimore’s farms and gardens contain low levels of lead, shows study

FDA announces new action plan for reducing dietary exposures to toxic elements for children

FDA announces new action plan for reducing dietary exposures to toxic elements for children

USGS study finds high levels of arsenic and uranium in private well water across Connecticut

USGS study finds high levels of arsenic and uranium in private well water across Connecticut

Scientists estimate the amount of peanut protein that will elicit an allergic reaction

Scientists estimate the amount of peanut protein that will elicit an allergic reaction

New xylem filters can remove bacteria and viruses from contaminated drinking water

New xylem filters can remove bacteria and viruses from contaminated drinking water

FDA plans to further reduce toxic elements in foods for babies and young children

FDA plans to further reduce toxic elements in foods for babies and young children

MDI Biological Laboratory receives grant to improve access to safe drinking water

MDI Biological Laboratory receives grant to improve access to safe drinking water

Study: Exposure to metals may disrupt a woman's hormones during pregnancy

Study: Exposure to metals may disrupt a woman's hormones during pregnancy

Study confirms inequalities in drinking water arsenic exposure across U.S. populations

Study confirms inequalities in drinking water arsenic exposure across U.S. populations

High arsenic concentrations found in drinking water serving numerous US regions

High arsenic concentrations found in drinking water serving numerous US regions

Researchers pinpoint factors associated with uranium contamination in groundwater

Researchers pinpoint factors associated with uranium contamination in groundwater