Arsenic in water tied to breathing issues

Source: Reuters

People in Bangladesh exposed to high levels of arsenic in drinking water were more likely to report shortness of breath in a new study than those who drank water with safer arsenic concentrations.

Though researchers didn’t try to diagnose the study subjects with any specific illnesses, they noted in the European Respiratory Journal that diseases of the heart and lungs are common reasons people have trouble breathing.

The study is the latest in a growing body of evidence suggesting that arsenic may not just be a carcinogen, but could potentially do other kinds of damage to organ systems.

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