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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 trioxide feasible in low-, high-risk acute promyelocytic leukaemia

Arsenic trioxide feasible in low-, high-risk acute promyelocytic leukaemia

Air pollution linked to overall increase in risk of death

Air pollution linked to overall increase in risk of death

DNDi announces successful completion of SCYX-7158 Phase I study for treatment of sleeping sickness

DNDi announces successful completion of SCYX-7158 Phase I study for treatment of sleeping sickness

Pre-birth arsenic exposure associated with early puberty, obesity in mice

Pre-birth arsenic exposure associated with early puberty, obesity in mice

Certain genes exposed to harsh environmental factors can increase diabetes risk

Certain genes exposed to harsh environmental factors can increase diabetes risk

Study: New material that mimics coral could help remove toxic heavy metals from the ocean

Study: New material that mimics coral could help remove toxic heavy metals from the ocean

Soil microbe prevents arsenic accumulation in rice plants

Soil microbe prevents arsenic accumulation in rice plants

Use of hookah steam stones could lead to dangerous, false sense of security

Use of hookah steam stones could lead to dangerous, false sense of security

Study: Placenta can be used to measure arsenic exposure in pregnant women, fetuses

Study: Placenta can be used to measure arsenic exposure in pregnant women, fetuses

Virginia Tech biochemists identify potential drug target against sleeping sickness

Virginia Tech biochemists identify potential drug target against sleeping sickness

Formula-fed infants have higher arsenic levels than breast-fed infants

Formula-fed infants have higher arsenic levels than breast-fed infants

New NIEHS grants to support independent biomedical research

New NIEHS grants to support independent biomedical research

Arsenic present in private wells threatens people in many U.S. states

Arsenic present in private wells threatens people in many U.S. states

UPM researchers study stability of arsenic species in edible marine algae

UPM researchers study stability of arsenic species in edible marine algae

PNNL to share variety of research at 2014 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

PNNL to share variety of research at 2014 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

Research finds link between autism spectrum disorder and air toxics

Research finds link between autism spectrum disorder and air toxics

Arsenic levels exceed in some rice-based foods, can affect celiac disease sufferers

Arsenic levels exceed in some rice-based foods, can affect celiac disease sufferers

Intake of arsenic linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes

Intake of arsenic linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes

Researchers develop low-cost methods to tap arsenic-safe drinking water

Researchers develop low-cost methods to tap arsenic-safe drinking water

Probiotic yogurt protects children, pregnant women against heavy metal exposure

Probiotic yogurt protects children, pregnant women against heavy metal exposure