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Medical News and Perspectives
August 11, 2010

Experts Focus on Identifying, Mitigating Potential Health Effects of Gulf Oil Leak

JAMA. 2010;304(6):621-624. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1053

“Does this mean no kids living on the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts can go swimming again even if the beaches have no oil on them? That no pregnant woman here should ever eat local seafood? Or that our young men have to worry about their sperm for the next 20 years?” The woman directed her frustrated questions to the academics, government officials, and public health officers who had gathered in late June at an Institute of Medicine (IOM) workshop in New Orleans to present their ideas and recommendations for mitigating the potential adverse health effects of the British Petroleum (BP) Deepwater Horizon disaster.

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