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LSU: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Physical Health among Adult Women in Southern Louisiana

Researchers from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Public Health published the first findings on physical health associated with the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the general community. Adult women living in Southeast Louisiana were enrolled in the Women and Their Children’s Health Study (WaTCH) approximately one year after the spill occurred in 2010. The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill was the largest spill to date, occurring offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. High physical/environmental exposure was significantly associated with elevated odds ratios of sore throat; dizziness; wheezing; and burning in the nose, throat or lungs. Women with high economic exposure had elevated odds ratios of wheezing; headaches; watery, burning, itchy eyes; and stuffy, itchy, runny nose. Because components of the oil and dispersants contain toxic and carcinogenic compounds, it is important for this cohort to be followed up for long-term outcomes. This study, funded by the NIEHS, was published by Drs. Lauren Peres, Edward Trapido, Ariane Rung, Daniel Harrington, Evrim Oral, Zhide Fang, Elizabeth Fontham, and Edward Peters in Environmental Health Perspectives.

http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1510348