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Health Agencies Update
November 28, 2012

Oil Spill Study

JAMA. 2012;308(20):2073. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.51104

Individuals aged 21 years and older who participated in the cleanup of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill have until the end of the year to sign up to participate in a study of the health effects of the event, according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

The Gulf Long-term Follow-up Study (GuLF) has enrolled more than 29 000 participants so far, but the goal is to enroll up to 55 000. The study will compare the health of workers and volunteers who were exposed to oil and oil dispersants with responders who were not.