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Web Date: October 27, 2010

Arsenic's Method of Cardiovascular Attack

Metal Toxicity: The metal leads to oxidative stress in cells and, in turn, leaky blood vessels
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: cardiovascular disease, arsenic, reactive oxygen species, vascular endothelial growth factor

Tens of millions of people worldwide drink worrisome amounts of arsenic in their water every day. Epidemiological studies have linked chronic arsenic exposure to diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Now a study in Chemical Research in Toxicology (DOI: 10.1021/tx100191t) illuminates how the toxic chemical weakens veins and arteries through oxidative stress.

While researchers have focused extensive research efforts on . . .

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