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Posted Fri Jun 25 2010: from IRIN:
Millions of Bangladeshis poisoned by arsenic-laced water
A fifth of all deaths in Bangladesh are linked to drinking water contaminated by arsenic, while up to 77 million people - half the population - have been chronically exposed to the poisonous metalloid, according to a new study published in the Lancet medical journal. Researchers tracked 12,000 people over a period of 10 years, taking urine samples every two years and analysing water from 6,000 wells to detect arsenic, confirming what the World Health Organization warned of a decade ago when it predicted "a major increase in the number of cases of diseases caused by arsenic if the population continues to drink arsenic-contaminated water". A decades-old programme of digging tube wells to reach what was thought to be clean drinking water is being cited as the cause of the mass poisoning, says the report
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'Doc Jim says:
The water of life turns out to have unintended consequences.
I wonder what decades-old programme -- say of bisphenol-A, or neonicotinoids, or cellphones, or Roundup -- will soon be arsenic's equivalent?

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