Oil Spills

Oil spills often happen because of accidents, when people make mistakes or equipment breaks down. Other causes include natural disasters or deliberate acts. Oil spills have major environmental and economic effects.

Oil spills can also affect human health. These effects can depend on what kind of oil was spilled and where (on land, in a river, or in the ocean). Other factors include what kind of exposure and how much exposure there was. People who clean up the spill are more at risk. Problems could include skin and eye irritation, neurologic and breathing problems, and stress. Not much is known about the long-term effects of oil spills.

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  1. Oil Spills (National Library of Medicine)  
    Oil spills often happen because of accidents, when people make mistakes or equipment breaks down. Other causes include natural disasters or deliberate acts. Oil spills have major environmental and economic effects. Oil spills ...
  2. Oil Spills (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)  
    Oil Spills/Learn More ... Oil Spills ... National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  3. GuLF Study: The Gulf Long-Term Follow-Up Study From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)  
    Oil Spills/Learn More ... Oil Spills
  4. Hazardous Material/Waste From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)  
    Environmental Health/Related Issues ... Environmental Health ... National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences ... From the National Institutes of Health ... Hazardous ...
  5. Safe Water and Your Health From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)  
    Water is essential for life. People depend on safe water for their health and livelihood. But contaminated water leads to millions of deaths and even ...
  6. ... behind several large disasters including the Exxon-Valdez oil spill and the Chernobyl nuclear accident. Poor sleep has ...
  7. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)  
    ... FAN) Cross-divisional Group Global Environmental Health Gulf Oil Spill Response Efforts Inflammation Faculty NIH RADx Efforts at ...
  8. Lung Diseases From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)  
    Lung Diseases/Statistics and Research ... Lung Diseases ... Lung disease refers to several types of diseases or disorders that prevent the lungs from functioning ...
  9. Asthma From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)  
    Asthma/Start Here ... Asthma ... Asthma in Children/Start Here ... Asthma in Children ... National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences ... Asthma is a chronic lung disease. ...
  10. Water (Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health)  
    Drinking Water/Start Here ... Drinking Water ... Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health
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