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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.
Arsenic-based agent shown to help eradicate leukemia-initiating cells

Arsenic-based agent shown to help eradicate leukemia-initiating cells

Arsenic in baby rice puts children at risk

Arsenic in baby rice puts children at risk

Scientists solve arsenic's cancer paradox

Scientists solve arsenic's cancer paradox

Mud may help fight MRSA infections

Mud may help fight MRSA infections

Water contaminants? bottled water no help

Water contaminants? bottled water no help

Arsenic aids tumor imaging when joined to cancer-homing drug

Arsenic aids tumor imaging when joined to cancer-homing drug

Arsenic used to label antibodies for the detection of tumors

Arsenic used to label antibodies for the detection of tumors

New research allays some panic about suspected cancer-causing agents

New research allays some panic about suspected cancer-causing agents

New research allays some panic about suspected cancer-causing agents

New research allays some panic about suspected cancer-causing agents

Arsenic contamination of drinking water does not have a universal solution

Arsenic contamination of drinking water does not have a universal solution

U.S. doctor charged with manslaughter of autistic boy by botched chelation therapy

U.S. doctor charged with manslaughter of autistic boy by botched chelation therapy

Low doses of arsenic disrupt activity of development hormone

Low doses of arsenic disrupt activity of development hormone

Decoding effects of toxins on embryo development

Decoding effects of toxins on embryo development

Arsenic exposure during pregnancy linked to low-birth-weight infants

Arsenic exposure during pregnancy linked to low-birth-weight infants

Folic acid supplements dramatically lower blood arsenic levels in those exposed to contaminated water

Folic acid supplements dramatically lower blood arsenic levels in those exposed to contaminated water

Folic acid supplements can dramatically lower blood arsenic levels

Folic acid supplements can dramatically lower blood arsenic levels

FDA grants orphan drug designation to TREANDA

FDA grants orphan drug designation to TREANDA

New tool for use in addressing lead poisoning

New tool for use in addressing lead poisoning

Cancer death rates remain high decades after exposure to arsenic

Cancer death rates remain high decades after exposure to arsenic

Arsenic trioxide shows survival benefit for leukemia patients

Arsenic trioxide shows survival benefit for leukemia patients