Navigation Links
Oil Spill Cleanup May Hurt Workers' Lungs
Date:9/15/2007

First-ever study finds long-term respiratory woes

FRIDAY, Sept. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Many of those who helped clean up an oil spill off the northwestern coast of Spain in November 2002 ended up with long-term respiratory trouble, a study finds.

It's the first research to examine the long-term effects of this kind of exposure on respiratory health.

The oil tanker Prestige sank and spilled about 67,000 tons of oil that contaminated more than 1,000 kilometers of coastline.

During the first few weeks after the disaster, much of the clean-up work was done by men and women from local fishing villages who lacked proper protective equipment.

About two years after the spill, researchers at the Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre, Madrid, surveyed about 7,000 local people about their respiratory health. Of the respondents, about two-thirds of the men and more than half the women had directly participated in the oil spill clean-up.

"Prevalence rates of lower and upper respiratory tract symptoms were significantly higher in (those) who had participated in clean-up activities," the study authors wrote.

Overall, clean-up workers were 1.7 times more likely than others to report lower respiratory tract symptoms. Men who took part in the clean-up were twice as likely as those not involved in the clean-up to report chronic cough or phlegm or asthma within the previous year. Among women, those who took part in the clean-up were 1.7 times more likely to report chronic phlegm and 1.6 times more likely to report nasal symptoms than those not involved in the clean-up.

These symptoms of lower- and upper-respiratory tract symptoms persisted for more than a year after the last time the people helped in the clean-up. However, there was an eventual decline in symptoms, which suggests that the damage may be partly reversible, the researchers said.

The findings are published in the September issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

More information

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has more about oil and chemical spills.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Thoracic Society, news release, Sept. 14, 2007


'/>"/>
Copyright©2007 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Philippines Oil Spill Causing Adverse Health Effects
2. Party Pills Cause More Spills Than Thrills, and Can Even Kill!
3. Debate Rages over firing of HIV infected health care workers
4. Cipla holds talks with mining giant to supply AIDS drugs for South African workers
5. Study shows that interventions from health workers can bring about changes in asthma causes
6. Full time workers are less health conscious than part time workers
7. Cancer risk among nuclear industry workers
8. Popcorn Workers At Health Risk
9. A Move To Help Commercial Sex Workers Quit Their Business
10. Journal Recommends How To Improve The Performance Of Health Workers
11. Injury Rates High For Workers In Poultry Farms
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... The American College of Medical ... Friedman, PhD, FACMI, during the Opening Session of AMIA’s Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C. ... honor of Morris F. Collen, a pioneer in the field of medical informatics, this ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Information about ... intend to develop to enable prevention of a major side effect of chemotherapy ... especially in pediatric patients. For cisplatin, hearing loss is FDA listed on-label as ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... Malvern, PA (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... is the recipient of a 2017 Folio Magazine Eddie Digital Award for ‘Best ... New York City on October 11, 2017. , The annual award competition recognizes editorial ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... , ... October 12, 2017 , ... On Saturday, October ... treadmill relay – Miles by Moonlight to raise money for the American Heart Association ... more. , Teams will work together to keep their treadmills moving for 5 ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Health ... interactive health literacy software tool, and the Cancer Patient Education Network (CPEN), an ... education, today announce a new strategic alliance. , As CPEN’s strategic partner, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/4/2017)... 2017  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ... PhysicianOne Urgent Care is helping communities across Massachusetts , ... by offering no-cost* flu shots through the end of the month. ... insurance regulations. ... get a flu shot is by the end of October, according to ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... Oct. 2, 2017  Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: ... for the third quarter of 2017 on Tuesday, October ... on that day with the investment community and media ... The conference call will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern ... a live webcast of the conference call through a ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... Oct. 2, 2017 The Rebound mobile app is ... to reverse the tide of prescription drug addiction. The app ... medicine intake and stepping down their dosage in a safe, ... in December 2017; the first 100,000 people to sign up ... http://www.rebound-solution.com/ ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: