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Released: 21-Apr-2023 3:10 PM EDT
TRANSCRIPT AND VIDEO AVAILABLE Live Event for April 21: Sleeping pill reduces levels of Alzheimer’s proteins

Researcher will discuss the study which involved a sleeping aid known as suvorexant that is already approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for insomnia, hints at the potential of sleep medications to slow or stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Newswise: Surf, Sand and Seaweed: The latest breakthroughs in Marine Science
Released: 4-Jan-2023 1:40 PM EST
Surf, Sand and Seaweed: The latest breakthroughs in Marine Science

Here are some of the latest articles that have been added to the Marine Science channel on Newswise, a free source for media.

Newswise: Oil Spill Effects on Mahi-mahi Go Far Beyond Initial Survival
24-Oct-2022 9:00 AM EDT
Oil Spill Effects on Mahi-mahi Go Far Beyond Initial Survival
American Physiological Society (APS)

New research into oil spills’ effects finds surviving the initial event does not guarantee success for the popular sport fish mahi-mahi (Coryphaena hippurus). Exposed fish faced temporary increased predation and did not spawn for the entire observation time.

Newswise: Oil Spill Cleanup Workers More Likely to Have Asthma Symptoms
Released: 17-Aug-2022 8:05 AM EDT
Oil Spill Cleanup Workers More Likely to Have Asthma Symptoms
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Researchers from the Gulf Long-term Follow-up Study (GuLF STUDY) found that workers involved in cleaning up the nation’s largest oil spill were 60% more likely than those who did not work on the cleanup to be diagnosed with asthma or experience asthma symptoms one to three years after the spill.

Released: 2-Aug-2022 2:05 PM EDT
Wildfires are intensifying around the world. Here are the latest headlines in wildfires research for media

California’s McKinney Fire grew to become the state’s largest fire so far this year. The risk of wildfire is rising globally due to climate change. Below are some of the latest articles that have been added to the Wildfires channel on Newswise.

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Released: 16-Jun-2022 4:10 PM EDT
Study: Humans Responsible for Over 90% of World's Oil Slicks
Florida State University

A team of U.S. and Chinese scientists mapping oil pollution across the Earth’s oceans has found that more than 90% of chronic oil slicks come from human sources, a much higher proportion than previously estimated. Their research, published in Science, is a major update from previous investigations into marine oil pollution, which estimated that about half came from human sources and half from natural sources.

Newswise: 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident did not harm BP’s long-term stock market returns
8-Jun-2022 4:30 PM EDT
2010 Deepwater Horizon accident did not harm BP’s long-term stock market returns

Study suggests BP’s reputation suffered, but not the reputations or stock returns of other oil firms.

Released: 18-May-2022 7:05 AM EDT
At-risk sea life in the Atlantic needs better protection from an increase in shipping
University of Portsmouth

New research from the University of Portsmouth has shown a dramatic increase in shipping in the North East Atlantic. Scientists now warn that more monitoring in the area is required to help protect sea life on the at-risk register.

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Released: 9-Sep-2021 10:15 AM EDT
Tissue abnormalities found in oysters years after Deepwater Horizon oil spill
California Academy of Sciences

Study provides baseline for measuring impact of petroleum pollution on economically and ecologically important species along the Gulf Coast

Released: 19-Aug-2021 3:00 PM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Breakthrough Cases and COVID Boosters: Live Expert Panel for August 18, 2021

Expert Q&A: Do breakthrough cases mean we will soon need COVID boosters? The extremely contagious Delta variant continues to spread, prompting mask mandates, proof of vaccination, and other measures. Media invited to ask the experts about these and related topics.

Released: 6-May-2020 11:40 AM EDT
FSU researchers study Gulf of Mexico in international collaboration
Florida State University

Florida State University and partner universities investigated current baseline conditions in the southern Gulf of Mexico to create a series of maps and guides that detail the distribution of carbon, nitrogen and the carbon-14 isotope.

Released: 7-Mar-2019 2:05 PM EST
Texas A&M-Led Research Team Develops Model for Improved Oil Spill Forecasts
Texas A&M University

Researchers have developed a new model to track the flow of an oil well spill, providing response agencies with the tools to better mitigate environmental damage to human and ecological systems.

Released: 17-Oct-2018 1:05 PM EDT
Gulf-Wide Sea Grant Team Receives National Award for Oil Spill Science Outreach Efforts
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

The Gulf Sea Grant oil spill science outreach team -- which includes Monica Wilson of UF/IFAS -- -- received the National Superior Programming Award for its work synthesizing research results related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

8-Nov-2017 8:55 AM EST
Closing the Rural Health Gap: Media Update from RWJF and Partners on Rural Health Disparities

Rural counties continue to rank lowest among counties across the U.S., in terms of health outcomes. A group of national organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National 4-H Council are leading the way to close the rural health gap.

Released: 17-Oct-2017 2:05 PM EDT
Even Small Amounts of Oil Made Birds Near Deepwater Horizon Sick, Virginia Tech Researchers Say
Virginia Tech

Blood samples taken by first responders showed that individuals exposed to small amounts of oil from the spill suffered from hemolytic anemia—a condition that occurs when toxins enter the blood stream and damage red blood cells that carry oxygen to tissues.

21-Jun-2017 3:55 PM EDT
Microbe Mystery Solved: What Happened to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Plume
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 is one of the most studied spills in history, yet scientists haven’t agreed on the role of microbes in eating up the oil. Now a research team at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has identified all of the principal oil-degrading bacteria as well as their mechanisms for chewing up the many different components that make up the released crude oil.

Released: 28-Jul-2016 8:05 AM EDT
As Hazard Warnings Increase, Experts Urge Better Decisions on Who and When to Warn
Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

Effective warnings are a growing need as expanding global populations confront a wide range of hazards, such as a hurricane, wildfire, toxic chemical spill or any other environmental hazard threatens safety.

Released: 31-May-2016 3:05 PM EDT
'Dirty Blizzard' Sent 2010 Gulf Oil Spill Pollution to Seafloor
Earth Institute at Columbia University

Scientists working in the Gulf of Mexico have found that contaminants from the massive 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill lingered in the subsurface water for months after oil on the surface had been swept up or dispersed. In a new study, they also detailed how remnants of the oil, black carbon from burning oil slicks and contaminants from drilling mud combined with microscopic algae and other marine debris to descend in a "dirty blizzard" to the seafloor.

Released: 26-May-2016 2:05 PM EDT
Small Offshore Oil Spills Put Seabirds at Risk: Industry Self-Monitoring Failing
York University

Seabirds exposed to even a dime-sized amount of oil can die of hypothermia in cold-water regions, but despite repeated requests by Environment Canada, offshore oil operators are failing when it comes to self-monitoring of small oil spills, says new research out of York University.

Released: 19-Apr-2016 10:05 PM EDT
Six Years After Deepwater Horizon Spill Still Looking for Answers
University of Delaware

Field experiment aims to uncover new clues about how oil and other pollutants move in the ocean.

Released: 9-Nov-2015 3:05 PM EST
Oil Dispersants Can Suppress Natural Oil-Degrading Microorganisms, New Study Shows
University of Georgia

The use of chemical dispersants meant to stimulate microbial crude oil degradation can in some cases inhibit the microorganisms that naturally degrade hydrocarbons, according to a new study led by University of Georgia marine scientists.

Released: 29-Sep-2015 8:05 AM EDT
New Report Details 10 Years of Improvements in Gulf Observation Systems
Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System-Regional Association (GCOOS-RA)

A new report from the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Regional Association details the first 10 years of the nonprofit organization's work to improve access to ocean observing data that helps to protect and preserve the Gulf and its residents.

Released: 7-Aug-2015 1:05 PM EDT
UGA Researcher Calls for More Natural Baseline Data Collection in World’s Oceans
University of Georgia

According to University of Georgia’s Samantha Joye, one of the biggest challenges in evaluating the environmental impacts of the Macondo blowout was the lack of baseline data. She argues in a new article in the journal Science that environmental monitoring data is desperately needed to establish natural baselines.

Released: 1-May-2015 9:05 AM EDT
New Gulf Oil Specialist More Than Getting Her Feet Wet
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Monica Wilson, the new Florida Sea Grant Gulf oil spill specialist, works with colleagues in several states to bring the latest science data to fishermen, businesses, tourism officials and more.

Released: 22-Apr-2015 3:55 PM EDT
Five Years After Gulf Spill, Residents Still Suffering Significant Mental Health Problems
University of Maryland Medical Center

Five years ago the BP Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded. The spill caused enormous environmental damage, but it also caused great stress among Gulf Coast residents. Even now, a significant percentage of people there continue to deal with anxiety, depression and other mental health issues, researchers say.

Released: 21-Apr-2015 5:05 PM EDT
Five Years After Oil Spill, UF Survey Shows Gulf Coast Residents Are Still Impacted
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

The survey shows that more than 34 percent of residents said they were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with their community’s economy after the DWH oil spill, while only 15.6 percent felt that way before the oil spill.

Released: 20-Apr-2015 9:05 AM EDT
Five Years After the Deepwater Horizon, Are Gulf States Prepared for the Next Oil Disaster?
Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System-Regional Association (GCOOS-RA)

It has been five years since the Deepwater Horizon explosion. Are Gulf states better prepared today to deal with the next disaster?

Released: 17-Apr-2015 4:05 PM EDT
Study Shows Seafood Samples Had No Elevated Contaminant Levels From Oil Spill
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010, many people were concerned that seafood was contaminated by either the oil or dispersants used to keep the oil from washing ashore. Ina University of Florida study, all seafood tested so far has shown “remarkably low contaminant levels,” based on FDA standards, and revealed that: • 74 percent of samples were below quantifiable limits; • 23 percent of samples were between 0.1-0.9 parts per billion, and; • 3 percent of samples were between 1.0 and 48 parts per billion.

Released: 17-Apr-2015 2:00 PM EDT
Researchers Publish Findings on Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Marine Organisms on the Gulf Coast
Florida Atlantic University

Researchers from FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute have published findings on the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on marine organisms such as oysters, conch, shrimp, corals as well as marine plankton (microalgae or phytoplankton, rotifers or zooplankton), which provide the basis of coastal and oceanic food webs.

Released: 15-Apr-2015 8:00 AM EDT
Scientists Develop Mesh That Captures Oil—but Lets Water Through
Ohio State University

A mesh with a high-tech coating captures oil while water passes right through. With further development of this technology, the researchers say, "you could potentially catch an oil spill with a net."

Released: 13-Apr-2015 8:00 AM EDT
NIH Still Active in Gulf Region Five Years After Oil Spill
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, researchers at the National Institutes of Health are actively working with Gulf region community partners, to learn if any human health problems resulted from the disaster and establish a new research response plan to be better prepared for future disasters.

Released: 9-Apr-2015 9:05 AM EDT
Dispersant Used to Clean Deepwater Horizon Spill More Toxic to Corals Than the Oil
Temple University

The dispersant used to remediate the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is more toxic to cold-water corals at lower concentrations than the spilled oil, according to a new study that comes on the eve of the spill’s fifth anniversary, April 20th.

Released: 7-Apr-2015 5:05 PM EDT
News Alert: Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Anniversary Events at the University of Florida
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

April 20 is the fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spill, which resulted in the loss of 11 lives and substantial environmental and economic impacts for residents along the Gulf Coast region. In 2011, UF became the lead institution on one of four Deepwater Horizon Research Consortia grants, funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Released: 2-Apr-2015 4:05 PM EDT
Study Suggests Oil Dispersant Used in Gulf Oil Spill Causes Lung and Gill Injuries to Humans and Aquatic Animals, Also Identifies Protective Enzyme
University of Alabama at Birmingham

New research from UAB suggests that Corexit EC9500A, an oil-dispersal agentl, contributes to damage to epithelium cells within the lungs of humans and gills of marine creatures. The study also identifies an enzyme that is expressed in epithelial cells across species that has protective properties against Corexit-induced damage.

16-Feb-2015 6:00 PM EST
Study Details Impact of Deepwater Horizon Oil on Beach Microbial Communities
Georgia Institute of Technology

Using advanced genomic identification techniques, researchers studying the impact of the Deepwater Horizon spill on communities of beach microbes saw a succession of organisms and identified population changes in specific organisms that marked the progress of the oil's breakdown.

Released: 9-Feb-2015 2:50 PM EST
UK's Yeager Part of Team That Finds Missing Deepwater Horizon Oil
University of Kentucky

Scientists have been searching for missing oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, also called the BP oil spill, since 2010, and now Kevin Yeager, professor in the UK Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and his research colleagues may have solved the mystery.

Released: 29-Jan-2015 2:00 PM EST
Where Did the Missing Oil Go? New FSU Study Says Some Is Sitting on the Gulf Floor
Florida State University

A new study led by Florida State University Professor of Oceanography Jeff Chanton finds that some 6 million to 10 million gallons of oil from the BP oil spill are buried in the sediment on the Gulf floor, about 62 miles southeast of the Mississippi Delta.

Released: 21-Oct-2014 12:00 PM EDT
UNH Hosts Oil Spill Response Forum Oct. 28-29
University of New Hampshire

It’s been 25 years since the Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil and nearly five years since the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico gushed 200 million gallons of crude oil. Nearly 40 experts and eyewitnesses from science, government, industry and NGOs will gather to look back – and forward – at oil spill response.

Released: 9-Sep-2014 12:00 PM EDT
Gulf Anglers Could Be Entitled to $585 Million After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Study Says
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Trustees could use the data to try to get the $585 million for ecosystem improvements and more fish in the Gulf.

Released: 10-Jul-2014 10:30 AM EDT
Straits of Mackinac ‘Worst Possible Place’ for a Great Lakes Oil Spill, U-M Researcher Concludes
University of Michigan

Because the strong currents in the Straits of Mackinac reverse direction every few days, a rupture of the oil pipeline beneath the channel would quickly contaminate shorelines miles away in both lakes Michigan and Huron, according to a new University of Michigan study commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation.

4-Jun-2014 12:40 PM EDT
CSB to Discuss Macondo Oil Well Blowout/ Deepwater Horizon Investigation
U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB)

Report TOMORROW on Thursday June 5, 2014 11 a.m. CDT News Conference in Houston, TX Media will be briefed on investigation findings and safety recommendations. These findings will then be formally presented to the public and two-member presidentially-appointed Board investigating the April 20, 2010, blowout of the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico.

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