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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.
New research raises the possibility that the risk of developing arsenic-related disease is not the same for everybody

New research raises the possibility that the risk of developing arsenic-related disease is not the same for everybody

Drinking water with high levels of arsenic increases risk of lung cancer

Drinking water with high levels of arsenic increases risk of lung cancer

Data from phase II study of Trisenox (arsenic trioxide) injection in myelodysplasia

Data from phase II study of Trisenox (arsenic trioxide) injection in myelodysplasia

Researchers have identified a protein that transports the essential nutrient boron into cells

Researchers have identified a protein that transports the essential nutrient boron into cells

Study will evaluate arsenic exposure from the environment and its potential carcinogenic effects

Study will evaluate arsenic exposure from the environment and its potential carcinogenic effects

Arsenic trioxide - invented as a treatment for a rare type of leukaemia

Arsenic trioxide - invented as a treatment for a rare type of leukaemia

Arsenic could be toxic at much lower levels than previously thought

Arsenic could be toxic at much lower levels than previously thought

New recommendations which will help pre-empt drinking water contamination

New recommendations which will help pre-empt drinking water contamination

Exposure to arsenic significantly reduces intellectual function

Exposure to arsenic significantly reduces intellectual function

Seaweed called hijiki should not be eaten due to high levels of arsenic

Seaweed called hijiki should not be eaten due to high levels of arsenic

Secondhand smoke increases the risk of heart disease among non-smokers by as much as 60 percent

Secondhand smoke increases the risk of heart disease among non-smokers by as much as 60 percent

Hair cloning could be the cure for baldness

Hair cloning could be the cure for baldness

California has set a public health goal for arsenic levels in drinking water

California has set a public health goal for arsenic levels in drinking water

Bladder cancer is the fourth most common cancer in men and the eighth most common in women

Bladder cancer is the fourth most common cancer in men and the eighth most common in women