Arsenic and Children's Health

Summary

December 1, 2021

Arsenic is a naturally occurring element found in low concentrations in foods worldwide, including those commonly consumed by young children and pregnant women. Because arsenic occurs naturally, it is not possible to completely remove it from the food supply, which results in arsenic exposure. Arsenic exposure in-utero and/or in childhood is associated with harmful effects including adverse birth outcomes, developmental delay, decreased cognitive function, impaired lung function, and perturbations in the immune and cardiovascular systems. Exposure leaves children at greater risk for future adult diseases. Therefore, it is essential for children’s health to understand the impact of arsenic exposure on child development. This colloquium will present the latest science in the area of arsenic toxicity and children’s development from both toxicology and epidemiology perspectives with specific focus on developmental arsenic exposure and the role of nutrition in arsenic toxicity. This colloquium will also explore the framework of ongoing risk assessments related to arsenic exposure and children’s health outcomes and discuss efforts related to arsenic mitigation in food to reduce children’s arsenic exposure.

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