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Oil spill stirs study, debate over health impacts

ATLANTA (AP) - Public health officials and scientists will be gathering in New Orleans this week to talk about whether any health problems could be caused by the Gulf oil spill.

The group will also talk about the best way to watch for any potential medical issues. The meeting is being organized by the Institute of Medicine at the request of the Department of Health and Human Services. The government has already set aside $10 million for research.

Health officials say there seems to be little reason to worry at this point. But they're more uncertain about the long-term, particularly for workers cleaning up oil from the BP spill in the Gulf.

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