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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...

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,...

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2010-04-28 11:28:15

Doctors reconsider health and death of 'El Libertador,' general who freed South America Could one of South America's greatest military figures have died from a deadly poison, rather than the tuberculosis assumed at the time of his death in 1830? The mysterious illness and death of Simon Bolivar "” known as "El Libertador" or "The Liberator" "” is the medical mystery in question at this year's Historical Clinicopathological Conference (CPC), sponsored by the University of Maryland...

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2009-08-26 09:55:00

Large variations exist in peoples' ability to eliminate arsenic from the body, according to a new study that questions existing standards for evaluating the human health risks from the potentially toxic substance. The study found that some people eliminate more than 90 percent of the arsenic consumed in the diet. Others store arsenic in their bodies, where it can have harmful effects. The research, based on the first application of new methods for studying arsenic, is scheduled for the Sept....

2008-10-13 09:00:26

Number of sick in south China water poisoning rises to 450 NANNING, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- The number of people sickened after drinking contaminated water in south China has risen to 450 as of Friday, including four with arsenic poisoning. All 647 people in the two villages affected had been tested for arsenic, according to the government of Hechi City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Twenty-three children aged under seven and 32 people aged over 60 were kept in hospital for...

2008-10-10 09:00:30

South China water poisoning toll rises to 200 sick NANNING, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- The number of people made ill after drinking contaminated water in south China has risen to 200 from Tuesday's 136, as medical tests found more people with arsenic poisoning. Nineteen people were kept in hospital for observation while the others received outpatient treatment, a spokesperson of the Hechi city government, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, said on Thursday. All those affected were described as...

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2008-08-20 06:20:00

What's flowing in ground water could cause adult-onset diabetes, according to U.S. researchers. Arsenic is a naturally occurring poison and carcinogen found in ground water. It's odorless, tasteless, colorless, and easily soluble in water or wine. Researchers say small amounts of arsenic may gradually sicken people. They studied 788 adults' medical tests and found a nearly fourfold increase in the risk of diabetes in people with low arsenic concentrations in their urine compared to people...


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