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May 6th, 2010
01:00 PM ET

How will the oil spill affect human health?

(CNN) – Every Thursday, our chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins us live to answer your health questions. Today's question came from Twitter: How will the oil spill affect our health?

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Filed under: Dr. Gupta's Mailbag • Health
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Nathan

    This is mostly just missplaced hype. People are all crazy about it. It was an oil spill it happened either by carelessness or by a misleeding cause. It happened and is over with so lets make the best of the situation and do our best to save the ecosystem and the wildlife.

    May 18, 2010 at 8:35 am |
  2. Leonard DeBono

    I do not understand why the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is referred to as a oil spill! The environment and economy will be hurt significantly for decades. It is a disaster of global proprtions, not just a little spill

    May 8, 2010 at 9:09 am |
  3. oil spill - clean up - recomendations

    dome is not necessary and wasting time – oil floats to surface and can be pumped into takers/barges –

    employ a floatation of existing tankers/barges starting at epicenter of shaft leak to recover (pump skim off surface oil)

    possible "stop leak" would be explosion deep in old shaft using a missile

    thank you

    Michael Gruters – former faculty physics Princeton late 60'

    p.s. the use of dispersing chemicals make surface removal impossible and poisons the sea – really stupid....

    May 7, 2010 at 9:39 am |
  4. Smith in Oregon

    A great many Petrol-Chemicals are known carcinogens. The major ingredient in Gasoline, BENZENE is a known carcinogen. In med school it was used for my first year to wash organic chemistry glassware. My second year that use was entirely banned and huge orange stickers were placed on all of the Benzene containers, 'Known Carcinogen'. In my third year, Benzene was used to create cancer tumors on animals to test Dr. P's cancer killing silver bullet he created.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:25 am |