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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.
Health concerns over arsenic in rice-especially for children

Health concerns over arsenic in rice-especially for children

Mice exposed to low doses of arsenic in drinking water develop lung cancer

Mice exposed to low doses of arsenic in drinking water develop lung cancer

Study: Infant toenails reliable way to estimate arsenic exposure before birth

Study: Infant toenails reliable way to estimate arsenic exposure before birth

Research explores links between planet's health and human health

Research explores links between planet's health and human health

NSF awards nearly $200,000 to make environmentally friendly field analyzer

NSF awards nearly $200,000 to make environmentally friendly field analyzer

Individuals with dyspnea have increased long-term mortality risk

Individuals with dyspnea have increased long-term mortality risk

Environmental researchers call for ban on cigarette filters

Environmental researchers call for ban on cigarette filters

Effects of PectaSol-C modified citrus pectin in prostate cancer patients to be studied in phase III trial

Effects of PectaSol-C modified citrus pectin in prostate cancer patients to be studied in phase III trial

Exposure to arsenic in drinking water negatively associated with child intelligence, shows study

Exposure to arsenic in drinking water negatively associated with child intelligence, shows study

Research reveals 2 key mechanisms of oxidative stress regulation

Research reveals 2 key mechanisms of oxidative stress regulation

Metallic toys, low-cost jewelry can affect children's health

Metallic toys, low-cost jewelry can affect children's health

Arsenic, selenium, mercury in bighead and silver carp do not appear to be health concern

Arsenic, selenium, mercury in bighead and silver carp do not appear to be health concern

Poisonous bacteria may one day become useful tool for industry and environmental protection

Poisonous bacteria may one day become useful tool for industry and environmental protection

Researchers receive $8M grant to expand research in arsenic toxicity in children, pregnant women

Researchers receive $8M grant to expand research in arsenic toxicity in children, pregnant women

Cell Therapeutics gets $5 million payment from Teva for TRISENOX

Cell Therapeutics gets $5 million payment from Teva for TRISENOX

State highlights: Dispute over what doctors can say at Catholic hospital

State highlights: Dispute over what doctors can say at Catholic hospital

New method for checking medicines for elemental impurities

New method for checking medicines for elemental impurities

Millions of Chinese face risk of chronic arsenic poisoning

Millions of Chinese face risk of chronic arsenic poisoning

Study confirms exposure to arsenic in drinking water can impair lung function

Study confirms exposure to arsenic in drinking water can impair lung function

Study explores factors affecting public-supply-well vulnerability to contamination

Study explores factors affecting public-supply-well vulnerability to contamination