Navigation Links
Arsenic in Drinking Water Predisposes Children To Lung Cancer in Later Life

A new study conducted jointly by University of California, Berkeley, and Chilean researchers says that children who are exposed to high levels of arsenic// in drinking water are more likely to succumb to lung cancer or fall a victim to other lung diseases later in their adult life.

It was found that the risk of dying from bronchiectasis was 46 times more than normal if the child's mother also drank the arsenic-contaminated water during her pregnancy. "The extraordinary risk we found for in utero and early childhood exposure is a new scientific finding," said the study's lead author, Allan Smith, professor of epidemiology at UC Berkeley's School of Public Health. "I sometimes ponder the improbability that drinking water with concentrations of arsenic less than one-thousandth of a gram per liter could do this, and think that I've got to be wrong. But our years of working with arsenic exposure in India and Chile tie in with this study perfectly." Arsenic is classified as a semi-metal and has been linked to more forms of cancer than any other element known to man. It is responsible for increasing the risk for skin cancer, bladder cancer and lung cancer. In previous studies conducted in India, Dr Smith had found the association of arsenic with bronchiectasis, which is a rare lung disease that causes distortion and dilation of the bronchi thus compromising the health and leading to chronic infections. In the current study, Smith decided to examine the death certificate of young adults in the Chilean cities of Antofagasta and neighboring Mejillones, which had been supplying arsenic laden drinking water to their populations since 1958 before the installation of an arsenic removing plant in 1971 reduced this threat. It was found that in the intervening period the death rate from lung cancer in children exposed to arsenic in the water was 7 times greater than in the rest of Chile. The risk of death from bronchiectasis was 46 times greater. "In all my career, these a re the most amazing findings I've confronted so far," Smith said. "Their magnitude is unparalleled. Not only are these the highest death rates for lung cancer and bronchiectasis ever discovered among young adults, but they are also the strongest evidence I know of to date that implicates not just arsenic, but any environmental exposure in utero or in early childhood to any adverse health effect in adults." The details of the study will appear in the July print issue of Environmental Health Perspectives and will be posted on its Web site on March 27. Contact: Liese Greensfelder lieseg@berkeley.edu 530-643-7741 University of California - Berkeley Source: Eurekalert
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Chickens Found To Have High Levels of Arsenic
2. Arsenic poisoning reactions can be traced to genes
3. Arsenic May Have Been Responsible For The Madness Of King George III Of England
4. Arsenic in drinking water
5. Low Doses Of Arsenic Have Broad Impact On Hormone Activity – Says A Researc
6. Arsenic Compound Effective in Treating Rare Leukemia
7. Arsenic in Chicken Feed may Cause Health Complications
8. Drinking arsenic water leads to cancer
9. Alcoholism Drug Fails To Prevent Drinking Relapses
10. Heavy Drinking Raises Risk of Liver Cancer
11. Drinking wine as part of a healthy living
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/4/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 04, 2016 , ... ... fund Dr. Todd Rider's research and development of DRACO broad-spectrum antiviral therapeutics. DRACOs ... the campaign that starts on May 3, 2016 at http://igg.me/at/EndTheVirus and ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... May 04, 2016 , ... The Spiritual Care Association (SCA) has ... valuable support to patients and their families, and their overall contribution to the health ... Care Day, SCA has sent “Thank You Chaplain” cards with hand-painted artwork to about ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... 2016 , ... A new collaboration will give more researchers access to the ... and analytics leader SAS will provide researchers worldwide with data management and analytics tools ... System. , The DCRI and SAS share the goal of greater transparency and ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... ... Washington Wellness Center today announced its tenth anniversary of providing a complete ... as an idea to provide a holistic approach to wellness has now become a ... David Swanekamp, Chiropractic Physician , the wellness center offers a complete range of ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 04, 2016 , ... Dr. Elyson ... wisdom tooth removal surgery at their office. Wisdom tooth removal, a common dental procedure, ... always problematic, they often are improperly erupted, resulting in risks of complications. By providing ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/3/2016)... 3, 2016 Global and ... a basic overview of the industry that covers ... surgical mesh report explores into the international and ... report on Surgical Mesh market spread across 150 ... and figures is available at http://www.reportsnreports.com/reports/470569-global-and-chinese-surgical-mesh-industry-2016-market-research-report.html ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... , May 2, 2016 Kalorama Information ... (Electronic Medical Records) market in a recent white paper.  ... switches, Increased physician usage, a growing market are among ... noted in Kalorama,s report EMR 2016: The ... marks Kalorama,s seventh complete study of the EMR industry, ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... 2, 2016  Deerfield announced today it led ... Vision, Inc. Graybug Vision is an early stage ... transform care for ocular diseases including wet age-related ... was first developed at Johns Hopkins University and ... Graybug Vision is developing ophthalmology ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: