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Meanwhile, researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health in New York have estimated the oil spill's long-term physical and mental health effects in a survey of 1,200 adults who live within 10 miles of the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts. The survey was conducted in late July, after the Deepwater Horizon well was capped. About 43% of adult respondents said they had direct exposure to the spill or the cleanup effort, and 39% of that group reported physical symptoms. About one-third of all parents said their children had physical or mental health effects or both. The spill seemed to hit low-income households hardest. Those with annual earnings less than $25,000 were more likely to say they had lost income since the spill. The school's National Center for Disaster Preparedness will follow 1,000 adults and children in the area to determine the continuing physical and mental health effects of the spill. The survey was conducted in collaboration with the Children's Health Fund and the Marist Poll of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

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Title Annotation:POLICY & PRACTICE
Publication:Clinical Psychiatry News
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2010
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