August 27, 2008 |
Ayurvedic medicines -- herbal mixtures dating back thousands of years in India and increasingly popular in the West -- are frequently contaminated with lead, mercury or arsenic, according to a study published today. A fifth of the nearly 200 concoctions tested contained levels of the toxic metals that, if taken at the maximum recommended doses, would surpass California's safety guidelines. Dr. Robert Saper, a Boston University professor of family medicine who led the study, said the findings should spur the Food and Drug Administration to start clamping down on the largely unregulated world of pills, herbs and powders classified as dietary supplements.
June 15, 2008 |
Most of the time there's a dull ache in Dale Anderson's legs. Those are the good days. On other days, the throbbing pain in his legs and feet makes it difficult to walk more than short distances, and even then he sometimes stumbles as if he's drunk. There's neuropathy in his hands as well. They don't hurt, but they're so numb he can't feel anything. Recently, Anderson's daughter saw he was bleeding from a gash on his hand. He hadn't even noticed. Five years after one of the worst mass arsenic poisoning in the nation's history, Anderson and several other victims still carry lingering emotional and physical maladies.
May 18, 2008 |
The discovery of dangerously high levels of arsenic that prompted the closure of a popular park in Washington last week came as a shock to families who enjoy the green space for soccer games and picnics. One possible source of the poison is especially disturbing -- it could stem from mortician practices during the Civil War. During the conflict, Fort Reno Park was a military outpost for soldiers protecting the capital from Confederate invasion.
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November 29, 2007 |
In January a jury convicted Cynthia Sommer of poisoning her Marine sergeant husband by slipping him a fatal dose of arsenic. But her new attorney, hired after her conviction, believes that the jury convicted Sommer not because of evidence concerning arsenic but because of testimony about her unusual behavior in the weeks after her husband's death.
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April 2, 2007 |
For generations, bottled mineral water from the town of Jermuk has been a kind of national tonic in Armenia, proudly sipped like a fine chardonnay in California or taken for its perceived medicinal value, like chicken soup. As the Armenian population here has grown, demand for the water has grown with it.
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January 31, 2007 |
A mother of four was convicted Tuesday of killing her Marine husband with arsenic to cash in on his $250,000 life insurance policy, some of which she used for breast implants and lavish parties. Cynthia Sommer, 33, acted like a grieving widow immediately after her husband, Todd, 23, died in 2002, but within weeks she was holding loud parties, having sex with several men and dancing in a wet T-shirt contest in Tijuana, prosecutors and witnesses said during the monthlong trial.
January 20, 2007 |
Napoleon Bonaparte died a more prosaic death than once thought, succumbing to stomach cancer rather than arsenic poisoning, according to new research. Theories that the French emperor was poisoned with arsenic have abounded since 1961, when an analysis of his hair showed elevated levels of the toxic element. But that element could have come from drugs used to treat the cancer.
January 6, 2007 |
Francesco de Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, and his wife, Bianca Cappello, died in 1587 of arsenic poisoning and not malaria, as was claimed at the time, according to a new study by Italian researchers. Known as Francesco I, he ruled for 13 years before he died at age 46 at his villa at Poggio a Caiano, 11 days after falling ill. His second wife, Bianca, died the next day.
June 29, 2006 |
Just months after a new standard took effect to limit levels of arsenic in drinking water, Sen. Larry E. Craig (R-Idaho) will introduce a measure today to suspend enforcement of the rule for small water systems, including more than 100 in California. Craig spokesman Dan Whiting said a moratorium on civil penalties was needed to ease the financial burden on water systems that serve 10,000 customers or less. "These are extremely small communities who just don't have the resources," Whiting said.
July 23, 2005 |
The well-known madness of King George III, who ruled England during the American Revolution, was probably exacerbated by arsenic-contaminated medicines used to treat some of his symptoms, a study of his hair in today's issue of the journal Lancet found. In 1966, researchers proposed that George III suffered from a genetic disorder called variegate porphyria, an overproduction of the reddish pigments in hemoglobin, which carry oxygen in red blood cells.