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  • Arsenic Exposure Risks Discussed in New Online Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of another online video to help educate the public about issues that may impact their health. Their latest educational video discusses health issues associated with exposure to arsenic in the home and at work.   Arsenic is a naturally occurring element that is widely distributed in the earth's crust and ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • OSHA cites gun range for workplace lead, arsenic exposure

    Employer name: Kremer's Guns LLC, Celina, Ohio Citations received: Sept. 26, 2015 Investigation findings: The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Toledo Area Office cited 23 serious safety violations for ...

  • Dartmouth researchers evaluate rice as a source of fetal arsenic exposure

    A study just published by a Dartmouth team of scientists in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) advances our understanding of the sources of human exposure to arsenic and focuses attention on the potential for consuming harmful levels of arsenic via rice. Arsenic occurs naturally in the environment and in elevated concentrations it can be harmful to human health. Common in ...

  • LA Testing Provides California Residents with Information Regarding Arsenic Exposure Risks

    Arsenic is a naturally occurring element that is widely distributed in the earth's crust.  People can at times be exposed to arsenic through tainted air, water and food. Exposure to higher-than-average levels of arsenic occurs mainly in the workplace, near hazardous waste sites and areas with high levels naturally occurring in soil, rocks and water. ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Low-Level Arsenic Exposure Before Birth Associated with Early Puberty and Obesity in Female Mice

    The Female mice exposed in utero, or in the womb, to low levels of arsenic through drinking water displayed signs of early puberty and became obese as adults, according to scientists from the National Institutes of Health. The finding is significant because the exposure level of 10 parts per billion used in the study is the current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standard, or maximum ...

  • Arsenic poisoning from drinking water

    A study published in The Lancet this month calculated mortality rates associated with arsenic exposure from drinking water in a Bangladeshi population. Individual-level data was used to determine that 21.4% of all deaths and 23.5% of deaths associated with chronic disease in this population could be attributed to arsenic exposure. Millions of people worldwide are chronically exposed to arsenic ...

  • Arsenic-free water for rural India

    High levels of arsenic in the groundwater in areas of northeast India and Bangladesh are a recognised public health problem. However, the Isolux Technologies Division of MEL Chemicals, Inc. teamed up with an Indian engineering firm in 2009 to supply 39 arsenic treatment systems customised to the requirements of rural Indian villages. Water supply in rural northeast areas of India and neighbouring ...

  • Arsenic linked with one in five deaths in Bangladesh

    The first study to follow people exposed to arsenic in the long term has found that one in five deaths in Bangladesh could be attributed to drinking well water contaminated with the substance. Researchers found that long-term exposure, even to low levels of arsenic, through drinking water increases the mortality rate from a variety of diseases. "Up to one in five deaths could have been averted or ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Extreme Arsenic Levels Found in Arizona Water

    PHOENIX, Arizona (ENS) - An Arizona water utility has been ordered to provide an alternative source of drinking water to customers within three days because it is currently serving water with arsenic concentrations more than 30 times the federal standard. Long term exposure to arsenic may lead to cancer of the bladder, lungs, skin, kidneys, nasal passages, liver and ...

  • Plastic bottles could clean arsenic-contaminated water

    Chopped up plastic bottles covered in a common chemical may be a simple and inexpensive method for removing arsenic from drinking water. A team of chemists at Monmouth University, United States, found that bits of plastic coated with cysteine, a common molecule found in foods, bind to arsenic. ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Low Doses of Arsenic Cause Cancer in Male Mice

    Mice exposed to low doses of arsenic in drinking water, similar to what some people might consume, developed lung cancer, researchers at the National Institutes of Health have found. Arsenic levels in public drinking water cannot exceed 10 parts per billion (ppb), which is the standard set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. However, there are no established standards for private wells, ...

  • Does the Chicken in Your Refrigerator Contain Arsenic?

    The last few weeks have been filled with media reports about the E. coli outbreak in Europe that has so far claimed 27 lives and sickened thousands.  Now the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that low levels of arsenic may be in some products that contain chicken meat.  According to the FDA, “Arsenic is in the environment as a naturally occurring substance or as a ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Indian arsenic clean-up `working well`

    A new chemical-free method to remove arsenic from water is working well in pilot plants in India, scientists report. The method, developed by a team of European and Indian scientists, was tested in six plants set up to supply safe arsenic-free water to Kasimpore village in India's West Bengal state, one of the most arsenic-contaminated sites in the world. An estimated 140 million people in Asia ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Natural sediment may shield groundwater from arsenic

    Contamination of deep groundwater with arsenic from shallower sources may not be as serious as feared — if pumping deep water is limited to domestic use, a study has found. Exposure to arsenic-contaminated groundwater has been linked to almost one in every five deaths in Bangladesh, ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Scientists identify genetic vulnerability to arsenic-related cancers

    People at greater risk of developing debilitating or fatal diseases related to arsenic exposure could be prioritised for treatment, following a study by Bangladeshi and US researchers. Exposure to arsenic through contaminated drinking water is a ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Study Finds Eating Rice Increases Arsenic Levels

    In the wake of a media frenzy surrounding high levels of arsenic in apple juice, a recently published study now indicates that eating rice may increase exposure to arsenic.   Researchers tested urine samples from over 200 pregnant women, some of whom ate a half-cup of rice daily and some who did not. Testing revealed that women who consumed a half-cup of rice for at least two days had 53 ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Arsenic turns stem cells cancerous, spurring tumor growth

    Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have discovered how exposure to arsenic can turn normal stem cells into cancer stem cells and spur tumor growth. Inorganic arsenic, which affects the drinking water of millions of people worldwide, has been previously shown to be a human carcinogen. A growing body of evidence suggests that cancer is a stem-cell based disease. Normal stem cells are ...

  • Eating aromatic rice may cut arsenic risk for Bangladeshis

    Aromatic rice from Bangladesh's Sylhet region may be safer to eat than other varieties as they contain less arsenic, a study reveals. Varieties of aromatic rice also contain higher concentrations of essential nutrients, according to researchers, whose findings have been published in Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging. They estimate that a ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • The Past Use of Chromated Copper Arsenate Treated Wood Discussed in New Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of their latest educational video.  Their newest production discusses chromated copper arsenate, also referred to as CCA, treated wood and potential exposure concerns to arsenic.  “CCA is a pesticide containing chromium, copper and arsenic that protects ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • The Pentair Foundation funds Arsenic-free water efforts in Bangladesh

    An estimated 77 million people in Bangladesh, or roughly half of the country's population, have been exposed to toxic arsenic levels in their drinking water since the 1970s. That's when the installation of hand-pumped wells throughout Bangladesh began tapping groundwater laden with naturally occurring arsenic. In response to this crisis, the Ecological ...

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