Louisiana State University today released the results of a survey highlighting some of the health effects of the Gulf oil spill. Among the findings, which were based on telephone conversations with more than 900 coastal residents:
- Self-rated stress has more than doubled since the oil spill, as compared to a year ago.
- More than eight out of 10 respondents worry over family, friends and community survival due to complications caused by the oil spill. Seven in 10 are worried about having to move because of it.
- More than 35 percent reported experiencing headaches or migraines or feeling sick to their stomach some of the time or almost constantly in the week before the interview because of their worry over the oil spill; nearly 43 percent reported being unable to focus on their usual jobs or tasks because of their worry over the situation in the Gulf.