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2008-07-08 12:00:39

By Dave Forster, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 8--SUFFOLK -- The state is trying to figure out what all but wiped out the fish population of a 50-acre lake over the weekend. Residents around Sleepy Lake, a private lake in the northwestern part of the city, awoke Saturday to a blanket of dead fish on the water, said Dennis McBride, chairman of the lake and dam committee of the homeowner s association. "We don't know if we got a hundred percent fish kill -- but pretty damn...

2008-07-08 09:00:35

By DAVE FORSTER By Dave Forster The Virginian-Pilot SUFFOLK The state is trying to figure out what all but wiped out the fish population of a 50-acre lake over the weekend. Residents around Sleepy Lake, a private lake in the northwestern part of the city, awoke Saturday to a blanket of dead fish on the water, said Dennis McBride, chairman of the lake and dam committee of the homeowner s association. "We don't know if we got a hundred percent fish kill - but pretty damn high,"...

2008-06-17 03:00:08

By Richalet, Jean-Paul Rivera-Ch, Maria; Maignan, Maxime; Privat, Catherine; Pham, Isabelle; Macarlupu, Jose-Luis; Petitjean, Olivier; Leon-Velarde, Fabiola Rationale: Monge's disease is characterized by an excessive erythrocytosis, frequently associated with pulmonary hypertension, in high-altitude dwellers. It has a considerable impact on public health in high-altitude regions. A preliminary study demonstrated the efficiency of acetazolamide (Acz) (250 mg/d for 3 wk) in reducing serum...

2008-06-16 12:00:28

A U.S. governmental task force has released a plan that involves state and federal officials in reducing hypoxia in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The plan, which includes proposals for improving water quality in the Mississippi River basin water, was released Monday by the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force. It builds on recommendations issued in 2001 by incorporating innovative approaches and the latest science, including findings from the Environmental...

2008-06-14 09:00:00

TAMPA -- Scientists expect the expanse of lifeless water in the Gulf of Mexico called the Dead Zone to be the largest since measurements began in 1990 and to cover an area the size of Massachusetts. If the prediction is true, the Dead Zone -- an area off the Louisiana and Texas coasts that is devoid of oxygen, and where sea life either escapes or suffocates -- would cover 9,869 to 10,271 square miles. That would make it 17 percent to 21 percent larger than one in 2002, the largest ever...

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2008-04-02 11:00:00

Researchers at Texas A&M University have confirmed for the first time that a "dead zone" has existed off the Texas coast for at least the past 23 years and will likely remain there, causing potential harmful effects to marine life in the area.Steve DiMarco, associate professor in Texas A&M's College of Geosciences who has studied dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico for more than 15 years, believes the dead zone area off the Texas coast extends from the Texas-Louisiana border area to...

2006-06-06 08:41:57

By Patricia Reaney LONDON (Reuters) - British doctors plan to climb Mount Everest to study the impact of low oxygen levels on the body, a project they hope will help critically ill patients. A team of 30 researchers and physicians will monitor the health of 210 trekkers to Everest base camp during the 3-month expedition next year. Thirty doctors will ascend the South Col route and 10 will go to the peak. "Our Everest ascent will involve creating the world's highest medical...

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2005-08-02 10:14:52

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The dead zone off the coasts of Louisiana and Texas is nearly the size of Connecticut and much larger than federal researchers had predicted earlier this year, according to a new survey. An annual weeklong cruise led by researchers with the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium found an area of low-oxygen measuring 4,564 square miles and extending from the Mississippi River to the Texas border. On average, the dead zone has measured about 4,800 square miles since 1985....

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2005-07-21 07:31:24

NEW ORLEANS -- The dead zone off the coasts of Louisiana and Texas should be considerably smaller than usual this year - about the size of Rhode Island, rather than larger than Jamaica, researchers say. That's because the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers are carrying much less nitrogen and other nutrients than usual into the Gulf of Mexico, according to scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Nancy Rabalais, head of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium...

2005-06-28 16:37:05

St. Louis, June 28, 2005 -- Expectant mothers at risk of premature birth may want to consider drinking pomegranate juice to help their babies resist brain injuries from low oxygen and reduced blood flow, a new mouse study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests. In humans, decreased blood flow and oxygen to the infant brain is linked to premature birth and other irregularities during pregnancy, birth and early development. The phenomenon, which is called hypoxia...


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