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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.
UC study shows how tobacco use impacts patients with kidney cancer

UC study shows how tobacco use impacts patients with kidney cancer

New insights into human genetics

New insights into human genetics

Scientists reveal relationship between region of residence and level of toxic metal in organism

Scientists reveal relationship between region of residence and level of toxic metal in organism

Canada announces $10 million core funding to tackle world water crisis

Canada announces $10 million core funding to tackle world water crisis

Genomic analysis finds link between antibiotic resistance and heavy metal contamination

Genomic analysis finds link between antibiotic resistance and heavy metal contamination

High concentrations of toxic pollutants were detected in stranded whales, dolphins

High concentrations of toxic pollutants were detected in stranded whales, dolphins

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