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Prevalence of chronic diseases in adults exposed to arsenic-contaminated drinking water

Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Arnold School of Public Health, 800 Sumter St, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208, USA.
American Journal of Public Health (Impact Factor: 4.23). 11/2004; 94(11):1936-7. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.94.11.1936
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ABSTRACT Inorganic arsenic is naturally occurring in groundwaters throughout the United States. This study investigated arsenic exposure and self-report of 9 chronic diseases. We received private well-water samples and questionnaires from 1185 people who reported drinking their water for 20 or more years. Respondents with arsenic levels of 2 microg/L or greater were statistically more likely to report a history of depression, high blood pressure, circulatory problems, and bypass surgery than were respondents with arsenic concentrations less than 2 microg/L.

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