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Latest Arsenic contamination of groundwater Stories

2011-05-09 07:34:31

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Exposure to even moderate levels of arsenic in drinking water is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, especially among smokers, according to this study. High levels of arsenic exposure from drinking water have already been related to an elevated risk of heart disease. Given the huge burden of heart disease worldwide, a small increased risk associated with moderate arsenic exposure could be of major public health importance. Researchers from USA and...

2011-05-06 14:12:53

Study of deaths from cardiovascular disease in Bangladesh reveals interaction Arsenic exposure and smoking each elevate the risk of disease. But when combined together, the danger of dying from cardiovascular disease is magnified, a new study finds. Exposure to high or even moderate levels of the toxin arsenic through drinking water can elevate the risk of cardiovascular disease mortality, according to a new study published in British Medical Journal. Exposed individuals who smoke were hit...

2011-05-06 13:54:23

Arsenic exposure from drinking water and mortality from cardiovascular disease in Bangladesh: Prospective cohort study Exposure to even moderate levels of arsenic in drinking water is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, especially among smokers, finds a study published on bmj.com today. Arsenic is a natural element of the Earth's crust and high concentrations in groundwater pose a public health threat to millions of people worldwide. High levels of arsenic exposure from...

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2011-03-01 13:32:08

Pioneering technology by scientists at Queen's University Belfast, which is transforming the lives of millions of people in Asia, is now being used to create safer drinking water in the United States. The award-winning system "“ Subterranean Arsenic Removal "“ removes arsenic from groundwater without using chemicals. It was developed by a team of European and Indian engineers led by Dr Bhaskar Sen Gupta in Queen's University School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering....

2010-12-08 21:41:01

Potentially harmful arsenic levels have been found in private water wells in towns across Maine where elevated arsenic risks were not previously suspected.  Arsenic levels in some private wells exceeded the federal safety standard for public drinking water by ten to one-hundred times or more, according to findings released today by the U.S. Geological Survey. The study is the largest of its kind in Maine. "We found large differences in concentrations from well to well, even at the town...

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2010-11-04 13:21:27

A study of Michigan residents suggests that people who live in areas with moderately elevated levels of arsenic in the drinking water may have an increased risk of stroke. The findings do not prove that drinking water arsenic is responsible for the heightened risk.  The study's lead researcher told Reuters Health that the findings also do not suggest that water with arsenic levels that meet the guidelines of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are a stroke hazard. However,...

2010-06-24 04:33:43

Increased mortality is linked to chronic diseases with a 70 percent increased mortality risk among those with the highest level of exposure Between 33 and 77 million people in Bangladesh have been exposed to arsenic in the drinking water"”a catastrophe that the World Health Organization has called "the largest mass poisoning in history." A new study published in the current issue of the medical journal The Lancet provides the most complete and detailed picture to date of the high...

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2010-06-02 07:50:00

Over 100 million people in rural southern Asia are exposed every day to unsafe levels of arsenic from the well-water they drink. It more than doubles their risks for cancer, causes cardiovascular disease, and inhibits the mental development of children, among other serious effects. The World Health Organization (WHO) has referred to the situation in Bangladesh, where an estimated 60 million people are affected, as "the largest mass poisoning of a population in history." In the May 28 issue of...

2010-05-27 17:35:23

An estimated 60 million people in Bangladesh are exposed to unsafe levels of arsenic in their drinking water, dramatically raising their risk for cancer and other serious diseases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Because most of the contaminated water is near the surface, many people in Bangladesh have installed deep wells to tap into groundwater that's relatively free of arsenic. In recent years, farmers have begun using the deep, uncontaminated aquifers for irrigation...

2010-02-24 10:02:00

Arsenic, Other Deadly Pollutants Found in Water From Additional Sites in DE, FL, IL, IN, MD, MI, MT, NC, NM, NV, PA, SC, TN and WV; Toxic Metals Found at Levels Up to Nearly 150 Times Federal Limits WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The case for the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to stop sitting on a delayed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) coal-ash site contamination rule is even stronger than it first appeared to be, according to a major new report from...


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