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EXCLI J. 2013 Jan 21;12:64-74. eCollection 2013.

Current developments in toxicological research on arsenic.

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Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors (IfADo).

Abstract

There is a plethora of recent publications on all aspects relevant to the toxicology of arsenic (As). Over centuries exposures to arsenic continue to be a major public health problem in many countries. In particular, the occurrence of high As concentrations in groundwater of Southeast Asia receives now much attention. Therefore, arsenic is a high-priority matter for toxicological research. Key exposure to As are (traditional) medicines, combustion of As-rich coal, presence of As in groundwater, and pollution due to mining activities. As-induced cardiovascular disorders and carcinogenesis present themselves as a major research focus. The high priority of this issue is now recognized politically in a number of countries, research funds have been made available. Also experimental research on toxicokinetics and toxicodynamics and on modes of toxic action is moving very rapidly. The matter is of high regulatory concern, and effective preventive measures are required in a number of countries.

KEYWORDS:

arsenic; history; research focus; toxicology

PMID:
27092031
PMCID:
PMC4827077

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