World renowned toxicologist conducts first-ever health study of New Sarpy community

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What:     Dr. Peter Orris, a toxicologist who works with communities in the US and around the world, will release the results of a New Sarpy health study conducted during the summer.

The survey explored health symptoms - difficulty breathing, miscarriages, stamina, ease or difficulty of using one's hands - experienced by New Sarpy residents. New Sarpy community members collaborated with Dr. Orris and a Tulane graduate student to design and conduct the survey in St. Charles Terrace Subdivision.

Who:    Dr. Peter Orris received his undergraduate degree from Harvard, his Masters in Public Health from Yale and his medical degree from Chicago Medical School. He is an expert at recognizing the link between pollution and illness.  He is currently the Chief of Service of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Orris has been to Louisiana on several occasions - most recently in Norco last year - to discuss the relationship between chemical exposure and illness.

Why:    New Sarpy residents have long been concerned about their health. People in the neighborhood seem to have more breathing machines, nebulizers for asthma and other signs of health problems than other communities. Dr. Orris will compare the results of the survey to healthy communities around the country to tell New Sarpy residents about the general health of their community.

When:    Sunday, November 17th
Where:        Artebury Building, River Road
Time:        6 PM
What:    Dr. Orris will discuss his findings with New Sarpy community residents. Good photo opportunities of Dr. Orris giving his report and community members' response.

From I-10 West take 310, the Boutte / Houma exit. Follow the signs to Norco. You will come out on Airline Highway, 61. Drive past a strip mall with a Winn Dixie and Burger King. Turn left at the light between Burger King and Eckerd's. Drive all the way down to River Road.  Turn right and drive a bit. The Sheriff's Office will be on your right. Artebury Hall is just behind the Sheriff's Department. If you get lost, call (504) 914 - 3164.

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