Latest Arsenic poisoning Stories

2008-08-19 18:00:43

Higher levels of arsenic in the urine appear to be associated with increased prevalence of type 2 diabetes, U.S. researchers said. Millions of individuals worldwide are exposed to drinking water contaminated with inorganic arsenic, including 13 million Americans whose public water supply contains more than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standard of 10 micrograms per liter. Dr. Ana Navas-Acien of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore and colleagues...

2008-02-12 16:35:00

Scientists in Italy claim that they have disproved the legend that Napoleon was poisoned by his British jailors. Although his post-mortem said that he died due to stomach cancer at age 51, there had been a lingering theory of an assassination attempt to stop the French emperor from regaining any of his political powers. This was due to studies in recent decades which indicated that his body contained a high level of arsenic. Researchers at the National Institute of Nuclear Physics and the...

2007-02-08 06:00:29

By Jim Nesbitt, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C. Feb. 8--A Wilmington judge might rule as early as this afternoon whether admitted killer Ann Miller Kontz will be prohibited from having any contact with her 7-year-old daughter. District Judge Phyllis Gorham is also weighing a lengthy visitation request from the child's paternal aunt and grandparents -- the sister and parents of murdered AIDS researcher Eric Miller of Raleigh, who died of arsenic poisoning in 2000. In November...

2005-07-22 06:40:59

LONDON -- Scientists have found high levels of arsenic in the hair of King George III and say the deadly poison may be to blame for the bouts of apparent madness he suffered. In 1969, researchers proposed the strange behavior of the monarch who reigned during the American Revolution resulted from a rare hereditary blood disorder called porphyria. However, a study this week in The Lancet medical journal found high concentrations of arsenic in the king's hair and contends the severity and...

2005-07-01 12:25:22

By Alison McCook NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Some children with particular genetic patterns appear to process arsenic differently, suggesting that they may be more -- or less -- vulnerable to its effects, according to new study findings. Researchers found that children who carry a certain variation of the CYT19 gene tend to break down arsenic differently than children with different variations of the same gene. "If people metabolize arsenic differently," Dr. Walter T. Klimecki told...

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