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  • Belgium Detains Iraqi Man in Toxic Letters Case

    06/05/2003 1:02:10 PM PDT · by Shermy · 17 replies · 208+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 5, 2003
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian prosecutors said on Thursday they had detained a man of Iraqi nationality after a series of letters containing a nerve gas ingredient were sent to the prime minister's office and the U.S. and British embassies. A spokeswoman for the federal prosecutor's office told a news conference the 45-year-old man was arrested late on Wednesday in the western Belgian town of Deinze. Two postal workers were taken to hospital after being exposed to the chemicals in the letters at mail depots. No one else was hurt by the 10 letters sent to a variety of targets, including...
  • Belgium Finds Nerve Gas Ingredient in Letters

    06/04/2003 8:14:39 AM PDT · by Brian S · 51 replies · 1,384+ views
    Reuters ^ | 06-04-03
    June 4 — By Gilles Castonguay BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian investigators found a nerve gas ingredient in letters addressed to the Belgian prime minister's office, and the U.S., British and Saudi Arabian embassies, officials said on Wednesday. Two postal workers were briefly hospitalized after being exposed to the chemicals. The brownish-yellow powder contained phenarsazine chloride, an arsenic derivative used in nerve gas, as well as hydrazine, an agent used as a rocket propellant, said Health Ministry spokeswoman Anne-Francoise Gally said. In the amounts contained in the letters, the two chemicals are not life threatening, but can cause irritation to the...
  • Court upholds EPA emission standards

    04/15/2014 1:17:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 15, 2014 4:05 PM EDT | Pete Yost
    A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. In its ruling, the court rejected state and industry challenges to rules designed to clean up chromium, arsenic, acid gases, nickel, cadmium as well as mercury and other dangerous toxins. The EPA’s determination in 2000 that regulating emission standards is appropriate and necessary, and the agency’s reaffirmation of that determination in 2012, “are amply supported by EPA’s findings regarding the health effects of mercury exposure,” said the court. Congress did not specify what...
  • Saudis and Their Unhealthy Love of Rice

    04/06/2014 3:58:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 60 replies
    Saudi Gazette ^ | Thursday, April 03, 2014 | Talal Al-Qashqari
    I don’t know of any other food that harms us more than rice, which despite its many benefits is unhealthy if consumed in large quantities. There are only a few countries in the world whose people eat rice in large quantities like Saudis, and they include people in countries in South Asia and in Japan and Indonesia. But these people eat rice in a healthy way - either boiled or steamed. We, on the other hand, eat rice in an unhealthy way by preparing it in oil, butter or ghee and other unhealthy ingredients, all of which are high in...
  • Duke Energy completes plugging of pipe to halt release to Dan River .

    02/09/2014 12:51:45 PM PST · by mac_truck · 4 replies
    wsj online ^ | 2/8/2014 | News Wire
    Duke Energy this afternoon completed the installation of a permanent plug at its site in Eden, N.C., to stop releases from an ash basin at the Dan River Steam Station. Overnight, crews filled a section of the pipe with a concrete grout material and capping system. The material cured and hardened over the next 12 hours and was successfully tested by workers Saturday afternoon. The company will continue to fully grout the entire pipe. "Plugging the pipe was clearly job one, but we're continuing our efforts and working closely with all the agencies involved in this response," said Charlie Gates,...
  • New Toxicology Report Suggests Actress Brittany Murphy May Have Been Poisoned

    11/19/2013 4:10:08 PM PST · by Perdogg · 16 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | November 19, 2013 11:05 AM
    A new toxicology report suggests rat poison may have killed actress Brittany Murphy. Murphy died from pneumonia in 2009, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner. Her husband, 40-year-old Simon Monjack, also passed away from the same ailment five months later.
  • Beer filtration could add arsenic

    04/08/2013 10:19:46 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 7 April 2013 | Laura Howes
    Why is there arsenic in your beer? © ShutterstockThe Germans take the purity of their beer seriously. Back in the 16th century the Reinheitsgebot, or beer purity law, specified that the only ingredients that could be used in beer were water, barley and hops. Once it was realised that yeast was involved in the brewing process that was allowed as well. Today, the Provisional German Beer Law allows slightly different components but it certainly doesn't specify that arsenic can be added to the beer. Mehmet Coelhan of the Weihenstephan research centre at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, however, has...
  • ‘Arsenic-life’ bacterium prefers phosphorus after all

    10/09/2012 8:01:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    NATURE NEWS ^ | 03 October 2012 | Daniel Cressey
    Transport proteins show 4,000-fold preference for phosphate over arsenate.A bacterium that some scientists thought could use arsenic in place of phosphorus in its DNA actually goes to extreme lengths to grab any traces of phosphorus it can find.The finding clears up a lingering question sparked by a controversial study1, published in Science in 2010, which claimed that the GFAJ-1 microbe could thrive in the high-arsenic conditions of Mono Lake in California without metabolizing phosphorus — an element that is essential for all forms of life.Although this and other key claims of the paper were later undermined (see 'Study challenges existence...
  • Soldiers allegedly plotted to kill Obama, oust government (credibility Zero)

    08/27/2012 9:07:48 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 87 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/27/12 04:08 PM ET | Jeremy Herb
    Army soldiers formed a militia group in Georgia that plotted to overthrow the U.S. government — and they killed a fellow soldier and his girlfriend to keep the plot secret, prosecutors alleged Monday, according to the Associated Press. Prosecutors in the Long County, Ga., case say that the militia group planned to overtake the nearby Fort Stewart, to bomb a dam in Washington state and poison the state’s apple crop and ultimately overthrow the government and assassinate the president, according to reports.
  • What a coincidence! Breitbart's coroner dead from arsenic poisoning?

    05/05/2012 1:43:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    RT ^ | 05/03/2012
    The unexpected death of conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart just got a whole lot more mysterious. Only two months after Breitbart’s passing, the coroner that investigated the cause of death may have succumbed to arsenic poisoning. Michael Cormier, 61, passed away on April 20, the Los Angeles Times reports this week. Although Cormier’s death is only being publicized now, the timing of actual passing actually came within hours of the release of the preliminary autopsy report of Breitbart. Commenting to the Times on the latest news, Lt. Alan Hamilton of the Los Angeles Police Department says that investigators have not ruled...
  • Possible arsenic poisoning probed in death of coroner's official

    04/29/2012 6:53:31 AM PDT · by Weight of Glory · 11 replies
    Authorities said a Los Angeles County coroner's official, Michael Cormier, appears to have died from poisoning. "At this point we haven't ruled out foul play," said Lt. Alan Hamilton of the Los Angeles Police Department. "It is one of the things being considered. We are waiting for the coroner's results." Law enforcement sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing, said that finding the presence of poison does not necessarily mean the death was a homicide because the substance could have accidentally entered his system
  • Poisoning suspected in sudden death of coroner's official

    04/28/2012 1:23:38 PM PDT · by txgirl4Bush · 33 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | April 27, 2012
    <p>He spent his life trying to determine how people died. But now his colleagues are searching for answers after he died under mysterious circumstances.</p>
  • LAPD: Coroner’s Official May Have Died From Arsenic Poisoning

    04/27/2012 10:26:15 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 100 replies
    CBS) ^ | April 27, 2012 8:20 AM | John Brooks
    BURBANK (CBS) — An official with the Los Angeles County coroner’s office may have been poisoned with arsenic, police said Friday. KNX 1070′s John Brooks reports investigators are taking a closer look at the death of 61-year-old Micheal Cormier Cormier, a respected autopsy and forensic technician who also was a photographer with the special operations response team, was rushed to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Burbank from his North Hollywood home one week ago. Hospital staff eventually advised police that there may be “suspicious circumstances” surrounding Cormier’s death, said LAPD Lt. Alan Hamilton. “We have information that could potentially include...
  • Arsenic in your juice: How much is too much? Federal limits don’t exist.

    12/25/2011 8:02:27 PM PST · by neverdem · 95 replies · 2+ views
    Consumer Reports Magazine ^ | January 2012 | NA
    Arsenic has long been recognized as a poison and a contaminant in drinking water, but now concerns are growing about arsenic in foods, especially in fruit juices that are a mainstay for children. Controversy over arsenic in apple juice made headlines as the school year began when Mehmet Oz, M.D., host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” told viewers that tests he’d commissioned found 10 of three dozen apple-juice samples with total arsenic levels exceeding 10 parts per billion (ppb). There’s no federal arsenic threshold for juice or most foods, though the limit for bottled and public water is 10 ppb....
  • Pfizer suspends animal drug after arsenic found in chickens

    06/09/2011 11:02:20 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 11 replies
    FoodMagazine ^ | 9 June 2011 | Rita Mu
    Pharmaceutical company Pfizer has announced it will suspend the sale of an animal drug used by poultry producers in the US after traces of arsenic were found in treated chickens. The study found higher levels or arsenic, a known carcinogen, in the livers of chickens treated with Roxarsone than untreated chickens.
  • Eliminating arsenic from drinking water

    02/03/2011 5:34:32 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 28 January 2011 | Emma Shiells
    An iron-rich, porous material can remove arsenic from drinking water in under two hours, say Chinese scientists. Arsenic is notoriously toxic, proving fatal to the majority of living organisms in high doses. Elevated levels of arsenic in groundwater in countries such as Bangladesh pose a serious threat to human health. But traditional methods to remove the arsenic struggle to eliminate the more dominant arsenic ion, arsenite. Now, Kang Li and colleagues from Harbin Medical University have removed arsenite from water samples using ferrihydrite - a low cost, natural mineral found on the Earth's surface. Already known to absorb arsenic, its efficiency is...
  • Backing off an arsenic-eating claim (NASA search for life)

    12/17/2010 5:41:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies · 3+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Dec. 17, 2010 | Faye Flam
    Amid a flurry of criticism, a NASA-funded team on Thursday backed off the more extravagant, textbook-changing claims they'd made about a bacterium that had allegedly substituted arsenic for phosphorus in its DNA. The original announcement, made at a NASA news conference Dec. 2, seemed to break a cardinal rule of biology that all organisms need some phosphorus to survive. NASA researchers claimed to have discovered an exotic organism in California's Mono Lake that lived instead on arsenic, thus broadening the types of life that may exist in the universe. The news made headlines worldwide including a New York Times story...
  • Scientists: NASA’s alleged discovery of arsenic-based life is crap

    12/08/2010 4:54:14 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 62 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 9:28 pm on December 7, 2010 | Allahpundit
    I gave it the front-page treatment when the big announcement was made, so now the big skeptical response gets front-page treatment too. Simply devastating — so much so that I wonder why it fell to an outfit like Slate to put it together. Did the Times or WaPo not have enough of an inkling about NASA’s discovery to survey naysayers before writing up their reports on the “discovery”? This information would have come in a lot handier when everyone was still paying attention to this story. As soon Redfield started to read the paper, she was shocked. “I was outraged...
  • NASA to make MAJOR ALIENS REVELATION this week

    11/30/2010 5:21:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 95 replies · 1+ views
    Register [London, UK] ^ | 11/30/10 | Lewis Page
    NASA has set the interwebs a-tremble with a teasing announcement to the global media that a news conference will be held in Washington DC on Thursday "to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life". The space agency's routine ploy of trailing major briefings in advance has caused trouble before. In 2008, "revelations" that the White House had been informed of a NASA announcement's content before the media caused fevered speculation ahead of a briefing on data from the "Phoenix" polar Mars lander.
  • NASA Sets News Conference on Astrobiology Discovery; Embargoed Details Until 2 p.m. EST On Dec. 2

    11/30/2010 4:18:28 PM PST · by AntiKev · 140 replies · 1+ views
    NASA ^ | 29 November 2010 | NASA
    MEDIA ADVISORY : M10-167 NASA Sets News Conference on Astrobiology Discovery; Science Journal Has Embargoed Details Until 2 p.m. EST On Dec. 2 WASHINGTON -- NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 2, to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life. Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe. The news conference will be held at the NASA Headquarters auditorium at 300 E St. SW, in Washington. It will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the...
  • NASA: Life in Space? Not Quite, but Life That Thrives on Arsenic

    12/02/2010 3:28:52 PM PST · by ColdOne · 16 replies
    ABCnews,com ^ | Dec. 2, 2010 | NED POTTER
    Life in space? Not quite. But to scientists in the arcane field of astrobiology, it's still pretty cool. Scientists at NASA's Astrobiology Institute report they have found bacteria -- in Mono Lake, Calif., not in space -- that could be made to live on arsenic. The organism is called GFAJ-1. The finding is important because it expands the prevailing view of what it takes for living things to survive.
  • Life as we don't know it ... on Earth?

    12/02/2010 10:17:58 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 26 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | Dec. 2, 2010
    Alan Boyle writes:NASA's secret is finally out: Researchers say they've forced microbes from a gnarly California lake to become arsenic-gobbling aliens. It may not be as thrilling as discovering life on Titan, but the claim is so radical that some chemists aren't yet ready to believe it. If the claim holds up, it would lend weight to the idea that life as we know it isn't the only way life could develop. Organisms with truly alien biochemistry could conceivably arise on a faraway exoplanet, or on the Saturnian moon Titan, or even here on Earth. "Our findings are a reminder...
  • NASA’s ‘Extraterrestrial’ Announcement Gets Blown Out of Proportion

    12/01/2010 3:39:41 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 30 replies · 1+ views
    National Post ^ | 12/1/2010 | National Post
    Take a hastily arranged NASA press conference, add a vague allusion to an “astrobiology discovery,” and you’ve got a recipe for mass web-fueled speculation that E.T. is finally coming home. On Tuesday, the U.S. space agency announced a press conference to be held at 2pm EST on Thursday to “discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life.” While that brief teaser is all NASA has said on the issue, many others have since taken to the web to complete the narrative. “If I had to guess at what NASA is going to reveal on...
  • Nasa raises hopes of finding extra-terrestrials, discovery of 'alien' bacteria, survives in arsenic

    12/01/2010 9:34:48 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 41 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/1/10
    Incredible microbe found in California lakeNasa scientists are set to announce that bacteria have been discovered that can survive in arsenic, an element previously thought too toxic to support life, it can be revealed. In a press conference scheduled for tomorrow evening, researchers will unveil the discovery of the incredible microbe - which substitutes arsenic for phosphorus to sustain its growth - in a lake in California. The remarkable discovery raises the prospect that life could exist on other planets which do not have phosphorus in the atmosphere, which had previously been thought vital for life to begin. But it...
  • Arsenic Poisoning Crisis in Bangladesh

    06/23/2010 9:45:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    It's believed up to 77 million people have been exposed to toxic levels of arsenic from contaminated drinking water in Bangladesh. The Lancet medical journal reports the high arsenic exposure is the tragic result of a community development project in the 1970's that went terribly wrong. The UN's World Health Organisation is describing Bangladesh's arsenic crisis as "the largest mass poisoning of a population in history." Presenter: Matt Abud Speakers: Dr Dipankar Chakraborti, head of School of Environmental Studies, Calcutta's Jadaypur University; Arif Ahamed, project team leader, World Bank . ABUD: Over twenty percent of all deaths in the study...
  • Scientists link influenza A (H1N1) susceptibility to common levels of arsenic exposure

    05/20/2009 4:53:06 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 21 replies · 741+ views
    Marine Biological Laboratory via eurekanet.org ^ | 05/20/2009 | Kozul, C.D., Ely, K.H., Enelow, R.I., and Hamilton, J.W.
    MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA-The ability to mount an immune response to influenza A (H1N1) infection is significantly compromised by a low level of arsenic exposure that commonly occurs through drinking contaminated well water, scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) and Dartmouth Medical School have found. Joshua Hamilton, the MBL's Chief Academic and Scientific Officer and a senior scientist in the MBL's Bay Paul Center; graduate student Courtney Kozul of Dartmouth Medical School, where the work was conducted; and their colleagues report their findings this week in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. "When a normal person or mouse is infected...
  • FDA Urged to Step Up Regulation of Supplements: Adverse events are largely underreported.

    04/05/2009 7:26:39 AM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies · 1,360+ views
    Family Practice News ^ | 15 March 2009 | MICHELE G. SULLIVAN
    The days when the dietary supplements industry is allowed to regulate itself may be numbered following release of a federal report addressing growing concerns about dietary supplement industry. The report, issued this month by the Government Accountability Office, calls on the Food and Drug Administration to expand adverse event reporting and increase its efforts to educate the public about the safety, efficacy, and labeling of these products. The GAO investigation into supplement safety was made at the request of Congress. According to the 77-page report, the FDA should be tracking all levels of adverse events related to the use of...
  • Scenic China Lake Poisoned

    09/21/2008 6:52:24 AM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 20 replies · 178+ views
    TVNZ ^ | September 20, 2008 | Reuters
    Arsenic has poisoned a lake in southwest China that was famous for its hot springs, affecting the drinking water of at least 26,000 people, state media said. Trucks were carrying 80 tonnes of water each day to affected areas near Yangzonghai lake, in Yunnan province. In June the local environmental protection bureau detected dangerous levels of arsenic in the lake. A nearby firm had not built proper containment pools for its waste, and years of accumulated arsenic were leaching through into the groundwater and the lake, an investigation found. The factory has been closed and its managers detained. Odourless, tasteless,...
  • Arsenic Linked to Diabetes

    08/20/2008 7:53:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 80 replies · 308+ views
    WebMD Health News ^ | Aug. 19, 2008 | Caroline Wilbert
    Reviewed By Elizabeth Klodas, MD, FACC 13 Million Americans Are Exposed to Dangerous Levels of Arsenic Through Drinking Water Exposure to arsenic, typically through drinking water, is linked to diabetes, according a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Thirteen million Americans — and millions more worldwide — are exposed to drinking water contaminated with more inorganic arsenic than the Environmental Protection Agency has deemed safe. The EPA standard is 10 micrograms per liter. Researchers, led by Ana Navas-Acien, MD, PhD, of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health, studied 788 adults who had their urine tested...
  • Arsenic risk high in Sumatra, Myanmar, Cambodia: study (ground water contamination)

    07/12/2008 12:14:22 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 160+ views
    AFP ^ | 07/11/08
    Arsenic risk high in Sumatra, Myanmar, Cambodia: study Fri Jul 11, 2:15 PM ET Eastern Sumatra, the Irrawaddy delta in Myanmar and Cambodia's Tonle Sap lake are among areas in Southeast Asia facing a high risk of arsenic contamination in the water, according to a study published on Friday. The researchers use innovative digitalised techniques, drawing on geology, geography and soil chemistry, to compile a "probability map" of naturally-occurring arsenic concentrations in five Southeast Asian countries and Bangladesh. The map is intended as a useful pointer for health watchdogs, urban planners and water engineers worried about concentrations of this poison...
  • The Curing Ability of Arsenic

    06/08/2008 12:30:05 AM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies · 422+ views
    The Future Of Things ^ | June 06, 2008 | Asaf Peer
    Researchers from the University of Dundee in the UK were able to reveal for the first time how Arsenic and other molecules like Arsenic trioxide (ATO), known for many years to cure the acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), help break down the protein causing the leukemia. This achievement may help researchers develop less poisonous drugs to fight the disease.   Professor Ronald Hay (Credit: University of Dundee) APL is a sub-type of AML (acute myelogenous leukemia), and is common at the relatively young age of 40 (AML is common at the age of about 70). In 1992, ATO was found to...
  • Rice Grown In United States Contains Less-dangerous Form Of Arsenic

    05/20/2008 9:20:59 PM PDT · by blam · 24 replies · 136+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 5-21-2008 | American Chemical Society
    Rice Grown In United States Contains Less-dangerous Form Of ArsenicA new study analyzing several types of rice finds that grains grown in the United States may be safer than varieties grown in other countries. (Credit: Courtesy of Yamily J. Zavala) ScienceDaily (May 21, 2008) — Rice grown in the United States may be safer than varieties from Asia and Europe, according to a new global study of the grain that feeds over half of humanity. The study evaluated levels of arsenic, which can be toxic at high levels, in rice worldwide. Yamily J. Zavala and colleagues point out that rice...
  • Wife cleared of murder ‘overwhelmed with emotion’

    04/22/2008 11:04:35 AM PDT · by Hacksaw · 54 replies · 77+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 4-22-08 | By Bob Considine
    Wife cleared of murder ‘overwhelmed with emotion’ Freed widow fears prisons are full of other wrongly convicted people By Bob Considine TODAYShow.com contributor updated 9:45 a.m. ET, Tues., April. 22, 2008 Having been exonerated of charges she poisoned her Marine husband to death, Cynthia Sommer is out of prison and renewing bonds with her children. But in the back of her mind, Sommer cannot help but wonder how many other wrongly convicted people languish in America’s crowded prisons. “There are so many people who this happens to, and that’s scary,” Sommer told TODAY co-host Matt Lauer on Tuesday. “That’s a...
  • Garlic Combats Arsenic Poisoning

    01/14/2008 11:45:23 AM PST · by blam · 18 replies · 475+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 1-14-2008
    Garlic combats arsenic poisoning 14 January 2008 NewScientist.com news service Keya Chaudhuri, Indian Institute of Chemical Biology Information on arsenic in drinking water, WHO Arsenic in Bangladesh, British Geological Survey Garlic may provide some relief for millions of Bangladeshis and Indians whose drinking water is contaminated with arsenic. Keya Chaudhuri of the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology in Kolkata, and her colleagues gave rats daily doses of arsenic in their water, in levels equivalent to those found in groundwater in Bangladesh and West Bengal. Rats which were also fed garlic extracts had 40 per cent less arsenic in their blood...
  • Even Low Doses Of Arsenic -- At Levels Found In Drinking Water -- Can Be Harmful

    11/19/2007 12:09:56 PM PST · by Brilliant · 11 replies · 42+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 11/19/07 | Dartmouth College
    A team of Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) researchers has determined that low doses of arsenic disrupt the activity of a hormone critical in development. The finding is further evidence that arsenic at low doses (at levels found in U.S. drinking water in some areas) can be harmful. "Arsenic is a natural, yet pervasive, chemical in the environment; we can't seem to escape it," says Joshua Hamilton, one of the authors on this study and the director of the Center for Environmental Health Sciences at Dartmouth and Dartmouth's Superfund Basic Research Program on Toxic Metals. "By learning how it adversely affects...
  • World facing 'arsenic timebomb'

    08/30/2007 3:14:33 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 29 replies · 770+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, August 30, 2007. | Richard Black
    About 50 million people are affected in Bangladesh About 140 million people, mainly in developing countries, are being poisoned by arsenic in their drinking water, researchers believe. Speaking at the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) annual meeting in London, scientists said this will lead to higher rates of cancer in the future. South and East Asia account for more than half of the known cases globally. Eating large amounts of rice grown in affected areas could also be a health risk, scientists said. "It's a global problem, present in 70 countries, probably more," said Peter Ravenscroft, a research associate in...
  • Arsenic In Chicken Feed May Pose Health Risks To Humans

    04/09/2007 3:51:01 PM PDT · by blam · 32 replies · 1,124+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 4-9-2007 | American Chemical Society
    Source: American Chemical Society Date: April 9, 2007 Arsenic In Chicken Feed May Pose Health Risks To Humans Science Daily — Pets may not be the only organisms endangered by some food additives. An arsenic-based additive used in chicken feed may pose health risks to humans who eat meat from chickens that are raised on the feed, according to an article in the April 9 issue of Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society. Roxarsone, the most common arsenic-based additive used in chicken feed, is used to promote growth, kill parasites and improve pigmentation...
  • High Arsenic Levels Found In Herbal Kelp Supplements

    04/07/2007 5:11:04 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 749+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 4-7-2007 | U of C - Davis
    Source: University of California, Davis - Health System Date: April 7, 2007 High Arsenic Levels Found In Herbal Kelp Supplements Science Daily — A study of herbal kelp supplements led by UC Davis public health expert Marc Schenker concludes that its medicinal use may cause inadvertent arsenic poisoning and health dangers for consumers, especially when overused. Schenker and two researchers evaluated nine over-the-counter herbal kelp products and found higher than acceptable arsenic levels in eight of them. The new study, published in the April issue of Environmental Health Perspectives was prompted by the case of a 54-year-old woman who was...
  • Elevated Arsenic Levels Reported In Rice Grown In South Central States

    03/05/2007 5:34:52 PM PST · by blam · 4 replies · 467+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-5-2007 | American Chemical Society
    Source: American Chemical Society Date: March 5, 2007 Elevated Arsenic Levels Reported In Rice Grown In South Central States Science Daily — The largest market basket survey of the arsenic content of rice grown in the United States has found elevated levels of arsenic in rice produced in the South Central part of the country, scientists report in an article scheduled for the April 1 issue of ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology, a semi-monthly journal. The University of Aberdeen’s A. A. Meharg and colleagues did the study, which involved analyses of rice purchased at U. S. supermarkets. A previous study...
  • Ancient Iraqi Art Determined Poisonous (Arsenic)

    01/23/2007 7:53:44 AM PST · by blam · 25 replies · 574+ views
    Discovery News ^ | 1-22-2007 | Jennifer Viegas
    Ancient Iraqi Art Determined Poisonous Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News Jan. 22, 2007 — Some ninth century Iraqi artists may have literally died for their art, suggests new analysis of Iraqi stucco fragments from this period. A fragment, taken from the ancient palace-city of Samarra, contains three arsenic-based pigments that are known to be poisonous and may cause cancer upon exposure. Although the findings will not be published until May in the Journal of Archaeological Science, curators at London's Victoria and Albert Museum, where the fragments are housed, have already taken special handling precautions. "The fragments are stored in a locked...
  • Rust Could Be the Key to Arsenic-Free Water

    11/12/2006 10:26:19 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies · 712+ views
    Scientific American ^ | November 09, 2006 | Nikhil Swaminathan
    Rust, or at least one of its constituents, could bring relief to the 60 million people in Bangladesh. They reportedly face the risk of delirium, stomach pains, hyperkeratosis and death as a result of arsenic in their drinking water, which comes from wells in the Ganges River basin. People once thought that cleaning the water would demand an extensive and expensive process involving pumps and a lot of electricity. Researchers at Rice University have now developed a small-scale, cheap and energy-free process to clean well water, which they report in tomorrow's issue of Science. The new method for water purification...
  • Holy water has cancer chemicals (bottled water said to come from Mecca)

    10/04/2006 10:11:04 AM PDT · by Dark Skies · 180 replies · 2,551+ views
    bbc.com ^ | 10/4/2006 | Staff
    Bottled water said to come from Mecca has been found to contain high levels of cancer-causing chemicals. People have been told not to buy Zam Zam water after tests showed three times the permitted level of arsenic. The water is advertised as coming from the sacred well of Zam Zam in Mecca, which is the most holy city in Islam, and demand increases during Ramadan.
  • Chile Mummies Possibly Done In By Arsenic (Chinchorro)

    11/24/2005 1:20:57 PM PST · by blam · 31 replies · 908+ views
    CNN/Reuters ^ | 11-24-2005
    Chile mummies possibly done in by arsenic Thursday, November 24, 2005; Posted: 10:58 a.m. EST (15:58 GMT) SAN MIGUEL DE AZAPA, Chile (Reuters) -- Living in the harsh desert of northern Chile's Pacific coast more than 7,000 years ago, the Chinchorro fishing tribe mysteriously began mummifying dead babies -- removing internal organs, cleaning bones, stuffing and sewing up the skin, putting wigs and clay masks on them. The Chinchorro mummies are the oldest known artificially preserved dead, dating thousands of years before Egyptian mummies, and the life quest of the archeologists who study them is to discover why this early...
  • Terror alert issued

    11/24/2004 12:43:20 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies · 330+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 23rd November 2004 | Mark Dunn
    JEMAAH Islamiah's attempts to develop bio-chem weapons to increase the devastation of future terror attacks must be taken seriously, a senior security analyst believes. A JI bio-chem instruction manual uncovered during a raid in the Philippines last year was among the most concerning intelligence to be picked up on the group, terrorism analyst Rohan Gunaratna will tell an Australian emergency medicine conference in Adelaide today. The 28-page document and traces of chemicals were found during the raid on a JI safe house in the village of Cotabato in October last year. The manual discusses obtaining cyanide and arsenic and their...
  • Ann Miller Surrenders To Authorities After Being Indicted For Husband's Death

    09/27/2004 5:36:49 PM PDT · by lafroste · 39 replies · 1,605+ views
    WRAL-TV ^ | September 27, 2004
    Officials Say Eric Miller Died In December 2000 Of Arsenic Poisoning RALEIGH, N.C. -- Since researcher Eric Miller's poisoning death almost four years ago, the focus has been on his wife, Ann Miller. Now, a grand jury has indicted her on first-degree murder in connection with her late husband's death. Ann Miller surrendered to authorities Monday after a grand jury indicted her for the death of her husband, Eric Miller. Miller surrendered to authorities shortly before 6 p.m. Monday. She walked into the Wake County Public Safety Center where she was placed in handcuffs and taken to the Raleigh Police...
  • Arsenic In Tuscany Water 'Five Times Limit'

    06/25/2004 5:43:10 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 220+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-26-2004 | Bruce Johnston
    Arsenic in Tuscany water 'five times limit' By Bruce Johnston in Rome (Filed: 26/06/2004) Britons holidaying in Tuscany this summer may be drinking up to five times the permissable level of arsenic in water without being told, The Telegraph has learnt. Although a national law limits arsenic to 10 microgrammes per litre, Tuscany used a legal loophole to pass a decree making an exception in many towns in the centre and south of the region.As a result, water can contain up to 50 microgrammes until the end of the year. Many of the towns involved, including Siena, are popular with...
  • California Sets a Strict Health Goal for Arsenic in Drinking Water

    04/24/2004 7:48:59 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 38 replies · 216+ views
    The New York Times ^ | April 24, 2004 | Associated Press
    SACRAMENTO, April 24 (AP) — California set a public health goal on Friday for arsenic in drinking water that is so low that it cannot be measured by existing technology and is far below a pending federal standard that is already projected to cost state ratepayers more than $80 million. The health goal of four parts per trillion means arsenic would not cause more than one additional cancer case in a population of one million people drinking two liters of water daily for 70 years, said the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment at the California Environmental Protection Agency. The...
  • Arsenic and old time politics - Key facts lost in debating environment

    12/30/2003 3:57:08 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies · 160+ views
    The Atlanta Jounal-Consitution ^ | December 30, 2003 | Jim Wooten
    When your car's carburetor wears out and you replace it, are you performing routine maintenance or extending the car's useful life? Around such quibbles a cottage industry has grown -- lawyers, environmental activists and others who see evil and corruption in environmental regulation. The carburetor debate -- routine maintenance or useful life -- applies to utilities. Business wants predictability, a rule that can be applied without risking suit. Environmentalists want coal-fired plants gone. Partisans want George W. Bush defeated. That's the brew. No other issue in public life is debated more emotionally in less context and with fewer facts than...
  • CLINTON LIES - SHOCK HORROR:

    09/16/2003 3:15:37 PM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 31 replies · 283+ views
    www.AndrewSullivan.com ^ | 14 Sep 03 | Andrew Sullivan
    Will Saletan has another example of something Maureen Dowd has also mentioned in the past - that the Bush administration tried to increase the levels of arsenic in the drinking water. Who repeated that hoary old canard? None other than former president Bill Clinton at the Iowa State Fair, saying that the Republicans "tried to put more arsenic in the water." He knows that it was his administration that delayed new, tighter arsenic standards for eight years, and that all the incoming Bush administration did was to review the last-minute directives from the Clinton White House, before enforcing a standard...
  • EPA Arsenic Standard May Be Unconstitutional

    06/07/2003 6:14:05 PM PDT · by farmfriend · 36 replies · 320+ views
    The Heartland Institute ^ | 06/01/2003 | News staff
    EPA Arsenic Standard May Be UnconstitutionalAuthor: Environment & Climate News staff Published: The Heartland Institute 06/01/2003 The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and the State of Nebraska presented arguments April 15 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia challenging the constitutionality of the Environmental Protection Agency’s arsenic in drinking water standard. CEI, on behalf of several small water systems, and Nebraska charge the standard regulates a purely local issue and therefore exceeds Congress’s authority under the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. In early 2002, EPA changed the standard for arsenic in drinking water from 50 parts...