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Study Sees Rice as Source of Arsenic Exposure

Posted 5 Dec 2011 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 5 – New research finds that pregnant women in New Hampshire, which has high levels of arsenic in drinking water in some wells, may also be ingesting arsenic through rice. The study, published in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, did not look for any potential health problems. However, other studies have suggested that high arsenic levels in pregnant women could be linked to low birth weight and infant mortality in their babies. These new findings come a week after a Consumer Reports study found some apple and grape juice samples tainted with levels of arsenic exceeding drinking-water standards. This finding intensified a debate that began in September when Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of "The Dr. Oz Show," said that about one-third of apple-juice samples he'd tested had arsenic levels exceeding 10 parts per billion, which is the limit for drinking water. ... Read more

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Arsenic-Containing Poultry Drug Suspended From Market

Posted 9 Jun 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 8 – A drug maker has agreed to suspend the sale of its animal drug 3-Nitro from the market because it contains organic arsenic that can be transformed into inorganic arsenic, a known carcinogen, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Wednesday. The drug, also known as Roxarsone, was approved by the FDA in 1944 and has been used in broiler chickens to control coccidiosis – a disease that affects the intestinal tracts of animals – and to speed weight gain, feed efficiency and improve color of the meat. "The levels of inorganic arsenic found in chicken livers are very low and represent a very low health risk to people who eat chicken," Dr. Bernadette Dunham, director of FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine, said during an afternoon press conference. "Consumers can continue to eat chicken as 3-Nitro is suspended from the market," she said. "Furthermore, FDA does ... Read more

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Moderate Levels of Arsenic in Water Can Pose Health Threat

Posted 5 May 2011 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 5 – Even moderate levels of arsenic in drinking water increases the risk for heart disease, a new study suggests. Arsenic is a naturally occuring element found in the earth's crust. High concentrations of arsenic in groundwater pose a public health threat to millions of people worldwide, according to the study. To assess the risk from moderate exposure to arsenic, researchers studied nearly 12,000 men and women in Araihazar, Bangladesh, where groundwater is contaminated with arsenic. The researchers measured arsenic levels in wells used for drinking water by the participants, who also gave periodic urine samples that were tested for arsenic. Participants were followed for about 6.6 years. The death rate from cardiovascular disease was 271 per 100,000 person years among people who drank water with moderate levels of arsenic (12 to 864 parts per billion, or ppb), compared ... Read more

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Poison Experts Turn Phone Line Into a Lifeline

Posted 19 Sep 2010 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 17 – Trained as a registered nurse to work in emergency rooms and intensive care units, Hugh Rawls did just that until sidelined a decade ago by a back injury. Today, he's still working in emergency care, but from a different angle. For the past 10 years, he has helped man the phone lines at the Poison Control Center in Jacksonville, Fla. "In a lot of ways, there's some similarities in the critical thinking I used as a bedside nurse," said Rawls, 45. "Part of my job is not only to think about what's going on right now, but also to think three steps ahead to what could happen. I have to think ahead as to what could happen to this person and where we need to go treatment-wise." People call the center with a wide variety of problems, Rawls said. "This is very similar to working in an emergency room," he said. "You don't know what's going to come up next. One minute it's a ... Read more

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