Arsenic Still Makes a Mark

Think arsenic exposure is a relic of poisonings past?
Not so.
The biggest culprit for inorganic arsenic exposure: contaminated drinking water from wells.

For millions, arsenic exposure still ups the risk of chronic disorders including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
Arsenic’s mark is all over the map, explains Rebecca Fry, of UNC Chapel Hill, who is on a quest to find and mitigate lingering arsenic threats.
The highest concentrations affect people in West Bengal, India, and in Bangladesh—but the problem also stretches to North Carolina, where rural residents who use private well water may be unwittingly drinking down the chemical.

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