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  Arsenic poisoning and Napoleon
The symptoms of arsenic poisoning could be confused with those of many other illnesses, and it was also very difficult to detect arsenic after the death so it provided a practical way of murdering someone.
Arsenic was found in their bodies and foul play was sometimes suspected although in many cases it did not seem possible that the person had been poisoned deliberately.
Although the arsenic was not enough to have killed Napoleon, once he was already ill with a stomach ulcer, the arsenic would have exacerbated his condition.
www.victorianweb.org /history/arsenic.html   (944 words)

  NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Arsenic poisoning   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Arsenic poisoning kills by allosteric inhibition of essential metabolic enzymes, leading to death from multi-system organ failure.
Although she did not die from her poisoning, she suffered an increasing variety of physical and psychological symptoms until arsenic poisoning was diagnosed, and its source traced to the old, arsenic-laden flaking paint on the ceiling of her bedroom.
Arsenic is toxic to the gastrointestinal tract, liver and kidneys.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Arsenic-poisoning   (437 words)

 Dartmouth Toxic Metal Research - Toxic Metals!
Arsenic could also be given as a series of smaller doses, producing a more subtle form of chronic poisoning characterized by a loss of strength, confusion and paralysis.
Eventually, the arsenical of choice emerged as so-called white arsenic or arsenic trioxide (As2O3); the fatal dose was known to be an amount equivalent in size to a pea.
Arsenic compounds began to be used in agriculture as ingredients in insecticides, rat poisons, herbicides and wood preservatives, as well as pigments in paints, wallpaper and ceramics.
www.dartmouth.edu /~toxmetal/TXSHas.shtml   (2374 words)

 Science Fair Projects - Arsenic poisoning   (Site not responding. Last check: )
There is a theory that Napoleon Bonaparte suffered from arsenic poisoning, and samples of his hair did show high levels of the element.
Even without contaminated wallpaper, there are many other routes by which he could have picked up arsenic: arsenic was used medicinally for centuries and, in fact, was used extensively to treat syphilis before penicillin was introduced; it was replaced for treating other conditions by sulfa drugs and then by antibiotics.
Arsenic was an ingredient in many tonics (or "patent medicines"), just as coca (unrefined cocaine) was an ingredient in Coca-Cola when it was introduced.
www.all-science-fair-projects.com /science_fair_projects_encyclopedia/Arsenic_poisoning   (436 words)

 eMedicine - Toxicity, Arsenic : Article by Steven Marcus
Arsenic is listed as a presumed carcinogenic substance based on the increased prevalence of lung and skin cancer observed in human populations with multiple exposures (primarily through industrial inhalation).
As in many reported cases of poisoning, the majority of reports of exposure to arsenic-containing pesticides occur with children younger than 6 years as the victim (251 of 344 in the TESS 2004 data), whereas, when nonpesticide arsenic exposure is involved, the majority are in adults older than 19 years (720 of 989).
Arsenic exposure is usually suicidal, malicious, homicidal, or occupational.
www.emedicine.com /emerg/topic42.htm   (2842 words)

 Coal Mining and arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh
Arsenic is found in groundwater, used for drinking purposes, and has already poisoned thousands, if not millions, of Bangladeshis as a result.
In 1900, beer drinkers in northern England died of arsenic poisoning when sulphuric acid contaminated with arsenic was used in the processing of the beer.
Arsenic pollution is a consequence of arsenic, tin and copper mining and smelting.
www.minesandcommunities.org /Action/press453.htm   (1348 words)

 Arsenic Poisoning
Arsenic may be a common poison used in murder mysteries, but it is not common as a poisonous danger to animals.
Arsenic is toxic to the gastrointestinal tract, liver and kidneys.
Often, diagnosis of arsenic poisoning is made based on the signs of illness and knowledge that the animal ingested an arsenic compound or received an overdose of heartworm treatment (not preventative).
www.petplace.com /dogs/arsenic-poisoning/page1.aspx   (1061 words)

 arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh/India
Arsenic poisoning is causing serious health hazards to the affected persons, and at the same time it is creating a lot of socio economic problems.
Arsenic and arsenical compounds are found in effluent from metallurgical industry; glassware and ceramic industry; dye and pesticide manufacturing industry; petroleum refining; rare earth industry and other organic and inorganic chemical industries.
Although arsenic is occurring in the alluvial sediments, the ultimate origin of the arsenic is probably in the outcrops of hard rocks higher up the Ganges catchment that were eroded in the recent geological past and re-deposited in West Bengal and Bangladesh by the ancient courses of the Ganges.
www.sos-arsenic.net /english/article   (16005 words)

 Environmental Health | Full text | Long-term consequences of arsenic poisoning during infancy due to contaminated milk ...
The final arsenic concentration (expressed as arsenous acid) in MF dried milk was calculated to be between 0.001% and 0.007% (mean 0.003%) by the Hyogo Prefectural Institute of Hygiene and between 0.0015% and 0.0020% by the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Hygiene [12].
In Okayama prefecture, poisoning cases occurred during the period of August 8th 1955 to April 30th 1956 and led to admission of 24 fatal cases, 2,005 surviving patients, and 84 suspected patients with some symptoms of arsenic poisoning but whose diagnosis was considered uncertain [7].
Arsenic is a well-documented cause of peripheral neurotoxicity in adults [4-6,22].
www.ehjournal.net /content/5/1/31   (4037 words)

 Sources of Arsenic Poisoning - Online Lawyer Source
Arsenic in both forms, however, can be harmful to human health and is considered a carcinogen, meaning that its effects have been linked to cancer.
The following sources of arsenic poisoning are the initial contaminants of the food, air, and water we consume: pressure treated wood, pesticides, lead-acid auto batteries, volcanic eruptions, fish and shellfish, and coal-fired power plants and incinerators.
Arsenic cannot be removed from the environment therefore there are numerous potential sources of arsenic poisoning.
www.onlinelawyersource.com /arsenic/sources.html   (452 words)

 arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh/India
Arsenic is a highly toxic, naturally occurring grayish- white element used as a poison in pesticides and herbicides.
Arsenic and arsenic compounds are known cancer-causing agents and have been implicated in lung and skin cancer and associated with birth defects.
Arsenical exposure resulted in a dose-dependent accumulation of arsenic in the liver that was unexpectedly independent of chemical species and produced hepatic global DNA hypomethylation.
www.sos-arsenic.net /english/toxic_effect   (6287 words)

 ATSDR - CSEM - Arsenic (As) Toxicity: Physiologic Effects
Arsenic is a reproductive toxicant and a teratogen.
In humans, chronic arsenic ingestion is strongly associated with an increased risk of skin cancer, and may cause cancers of the lung, liver, bladder, kidney, and colon; chronic inhalation of arsenicals has been closely linked with lung cancer.
Arsenic does not induce genetic mutations in most test systems, but chromosomal damage has been reported in cultured mammalian cells, possibly as a result of arsenic's effects on the enzymes involved in DNA replication and repair.
www.atsdr.cdc.gov /HEC/CSEM/arsenic/physiologic_effects.html   (1906 words)

 Arsenic Poisoning or Not??
Poison control recommended treatment for arsenic poisoning and the patient was started on dimercaprol, a chelating agent.
The clinical manifestations of arsenic poisoning depend on the type of arsenical involved and whether exposure was acute or chronic.
Furthermore, a patient with chronic arsenic poisoning would be expected to have increased urinary arsenic levels during the first few days of chelation therapy as their body load was mobilized and excreted.
www.epi.hss.state.ak.us /bulletins/docs/b1998_22.htm   (737 words)

 CCA wood and arsenic: toxicological effects of arsenic
Arsenic is not altered by burning, and has been detected in the hair, blood and urine of children living near a power plant that burned coal with an arsenic content of just 1000 grams (2 pounds) per ton.
Arsenic and arsenic compounds are known cancer-causing agents and have been implicated in lung and skin cancer and associated with birth defects.
Arsenic used as a fungicide in wallpaper was metabolized by the fungus and Arsine gas released.
www.origen.net /arsenic.html   (2166 words)

 ATSDR - ToxFAQs™: Arsenic
In the environment, arsenic is combined with oxygen, chlorine, and sulfur to form inorganic arsenic compounds.
Arsenic in animals and plants combines with carbon and hydrogen to form organic arsenic compounds.
Arsenic occurs naturally in soil and minerals and it therefore may enter the air, water, and land from wind-blown dust and may get into water from runoff and leaching.
www.atsdr.cdc.gov /tfacts2.html   (1117 words)

 Arsenic poisoning symptoms and treatments
Arsenic is a very toxic substance that is found in food, water and household items.
Arsenic is used to poison pests such as rats and mice, and can be used to kill any living thing.
The organs of the body that are usually affected by arsenic poisoning are the lungs, skin, kidneys, and liver.
sdsd.essortment.com /arsenicpoisonin_rljn.htm   (739 words)

 Arsenic Poisoning - Patient UK
Arsenic is a heavy metal that exists in 3 metallic forms, alpha or yellow, beta or fl and gamma or grey.
Bowen's disease is a long-term complication of chronic arsenic poisoning and is pre-malignant.
Once arsenic is in the tissues treatment may be to no avail, so efforts should be made to remove arsenic from the body before it reaches the tissues.
www.patient.co.uk /showdoc/40001631   (1666 words)

 Anwar Claims Arsenic Poisoning
The lab report found 230 micrograms of arsenic per gram of creatine; a typical finding would be less than 3 micrograms, while occupational exposure would lead to less than 17 micrograms.
Arsenic is a metal, not produced by the body.
Poisoning can be chronic, with small doses accumulating over time, or acute, and can be directly fatal or lead to cancer.
www.sodomylaws.org /world/malaysia/mynews002.htm   (701 words)

 Pressure Treated Wood News - Pressure Treated Wood Arsenic- CCA Treated Wood
Arsenic stays on the pressure treated wood surfaces for years and will sometimes come off onto the hands of people that come in contact with it.
Arsenic is a human poison and has been recognized as such since ancient times.
The arsenic is colorless and odorless and can be released from the pressure treated wood when the wood is burned, sanded, sawed, or through direct contact.
www.pressure-treated-wood-arsenic.com /education.html   (520 words)

 Arsenic Poisoning in Bangladesh   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The poisoning began to occur as millions of kiloliters of water was being pumped out from deep within underground reservoirs.
Arsenic is a slow killer that accumulates in the body resulting in nails rotting, dark spots, bleeding sores, swelling, large warts and a form of gangrene.
No one knows what the best solution is to treat arsenic poisoning, a public awareness campaign has been launched to inform people of the dangers of arsenic and the benefits of good nutrition which could reduce the effects of the poison.
www.ozgreen.org.au /WWD/arsenic_poisoning_in_bangladesh.htm   (413 words)

 arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh/India
Arsenic is associated with peripheral vascular disease (flfoot disease) in China (Province of Taiwan) (Tseng 1977).
With this model and data on males, the concentrations of arsenic in drinking-water associated with estimated excess lifetime skin cancer risks of 10-4, 10-5, and 10-6 are 0.0017, 0.00017, and 0.000017 mg/l respectively.
The effect of arsenic in water at a level of 500 ppb (only 10 times the present EPA-allowed level of 50 ppb) is producing a catastrophe in Bangladesh that exceeds in magnitude the Chernobyl disaster by a factor of over 10 and maybe 100.
www.sos-arsenic.net /english/suffer.html   (4432 words)

 BBC NEWS | Health | Medical notes | Arsenic poisoning
Arsenic is known best as a deadly poison, although in small doses it does have medical benefits.
Arsenic can kill humans quickly if consumed in large amounts, although small, long-term exposure can lead to a much slower death or other illness.
Arsenic poisoning can be treated if it is caught early enough, through a series of injections into muscles.
news.bbc.co.uk /go/rss/-/2/hi/health/medical_notes/459078.stm   (542 words)

 Effects of Arsenic Poisoning - Online Lawyer Source
Arsenic poisoning effects are serious and deadly, especially on children.
Children younger than six are at the highest risk for exposure of arsenic poisoning effects due to the playgrounds constructed of pressure treated wood.
When the EPA made the announcement that pressure treated wood would be phased out in February 2002, the agency only stated it was due to the possible risk of exposure causing arsenic poisoning effects.
www.onlinelawyersource.com /arsenic/arsenic_effects.html   (273 words)

 Arsenic Poisoning in Bangladesh, by Jasmin Mehovic and Janaki Blum
Arsenic Poisoning in Bangladesh, by Jasmin Mehovic and Janaki Blum
Arsenic also inflicts serious damage to the lungs, liver, and kidneys while arsenic-related cancer causes nearly 3,000 deaths a year.
Arsenic is widely distributed throughout the earth's crust and introduced into groundwater from arsenic-containing mineral ores by processes that are not fully understood.
www.sarid.net /sarid-archives/04/040908-arsenic-poisoning.htm   (1647 words)

 Millions more at risk of arsenic poisoning than previously thought -- Kumar 326 (7387): 466 -- BMJ   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The number of people at risk of arsenic poisoning from drinking water from sunken wells may be considerably higher than previously thought, a new report from the University of Calcutta has said.
The first cases of arsenic poisoning in the Indian subcontinent were reported in India in 1983, and it has been known for several years that half the population of Bangladesh and many residents of West Bengal state were at risk (BMJ 2000;320:822).
The first cases of arsenic poisoning were reported in 1983, but now it is thought likely that more than six million people in West Bengal (in the lower Ganges) and 35 million in Bangladesh are drinking water contaminated with arsenic.
www.bmj.com /cgi/content/full/326/7387/466/d   (740 words)

 Arsenic Remedy For Arsenic Poisoning? Homeopathic Solutions For A Global Catastrophe
In their search to find inexpensive treatments for arsenic poisoning that are easy to administer, effective in low doses and non-toxic, researchers from University of Kalyani, West Bengal, discovered the homeopathic remedy Arsenicum Album yielded positive effects in mice.
Mice with and without arsenic poisoning were fed by the drop either distilled water, Arsenicum Album, or alcohol that had been through the same preparation procedure as the homeopathic remedy, three times a day.
Arsenic In Well Water Related To Atherosclerosis (Mar. 28, 2002) — Long-term exposure to ingested arsenic -- a contaminant in artesian well water in many parts of the world -- has been linked to heart attacks, strokes and diseased arteries in the body's...
www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2003/10/031022061728.htm   (1076 words)

 arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh/India
The UK/DFID statement on the age of the arsenic poisoning in groundwater in Bangladesh contradicts the historical medical evidences.
If groundwater arsenic contamination had been present for thousands of years, as suggested by the UK report, then both shallow hand-dug wells and tubewells would extract arsenic contaminated water and would have impacted water users with arsenic poisoning before 1975.
The groundwater arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh is a recent environmental episode.
www.sos-arsenic.net /english/source/dam_as.html   (2865 words)

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