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2 Million Americans May Have Arsenic in Their Well Water

Posted 18 Oct 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 – As many as 2 million Americans may be drinking well water that contains potentially dangerous amounts of arsenic, a new government study warns. The analysis, conducted by researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, measured arsenic levels in private wells across the United States. Study author Joseph ...

Mountain Dwellers in Argentina Have Adapted to High Arsenic Levels

Posted 13 Mar 2015 by

FRIDAY, March 13, 2015 – A new study appears to offer the first evidence of people adapting to tolerate the toxic chemical arsenic. Arsenic – the killer used by many murder mystery villains – is most toxic to young children and people in their prime reproductive years. The ability to metabolize arsenic quickly may been the difference between life and death in ancient times, said study leader ...

Arsenic in Well Water Tied to Less Brain Power in U.S. Study

Posted 8 Apr 2014 by

TUESDAY, April 8, 2014 – Exposure to arsenic in well water may lead to lower scores on intelligence tests, according to a study of children in Maine. Arsenic is a natural element that is found in soil and minerals, however, it can cause many health problems, and high levels of exposure can even cause death. Previous research in South Asia showed that exposure to arsenic in drinking water harms ...

Moderate Arsenic in Environment Tied to Higher Heart Attack, Stroke Risk

Posted 23 Sep 2013 by

MONDAY, Sept. 23 – People chronically exposed to low to moderate levels of arsenic in their environment may be more likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular disease, a study of American Indians suggests. Previous research has linked exposure to high levels of arsenic in drinking water (more than 100 micrograms per liter) with coronary heart disease, stroke, peripheral ...

Arsenic Might Lurk in Some Organic Foods: Study

Posted 16 Feb 2012 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 16 – A sweetener used in many organic foods may be a hidden source of arsenic, new research suggests. Researchers at Dartmouth College also note that the sweetener, organic brown rice syrup, is found in some infant formulas. Their report appears in the Feb. 16 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives. Arsenic is a natural element that can contaminate groundwater. As the ...

Study Sees Rice as Source of Arsenic Exposure

Posted 5 Dec 2011 by

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 ...

Arsenic Detected in Apple, Grape Juice Samples

Posted 30 Nov 2011 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30 – The debate over the safety of fruit juice consumed by Americans escalated Wednesday with the release of a Consumer Reports study that found many apple and grape juice samples tainted with arsenic. The researchers detected the poison at levels exceeding federal drinking-water standards in 10 percent of 88 juice samples tested. The samples involved five brands of juice sold in ...

Arsenic-Containing Poultry Drug Suspended From Market

Posted 9 Jun 2011 by

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 ...

Moderate Levels of Arsenic in Water Can Pose Health Threat

Posted 5 May 2011 by

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 ...

Poison Experts Turn Phone Line Into a Lifeline

Posted 19 Sep 2010 by

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 ...

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