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Association Between Unconventional Natural Gas Development in the Marcellus Shale and Asthma Exacerbations

Drilling and fracking poses significant health risksThis epidemiological study investigated the suspected association between bouts of asthma and unconventional natural gas development (UNGD). Residential UNGD activity metrics were statistically associated with increased risk of mild, moderate, and severe asthma exacerbations. Whether these associations are causal awaits further investigation, including more detailed exposure assessment, the investigators conclude.

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Sara G. Rasmussen, Elizabeth L. Ogburn, Meredith McCormack, Joan A. Casey, Karen Bandeen-Roche, Dione G. Mercer, and Brian S. Schwartz
Association Between Unconventional Natural Gas Development in the Marcellus Shale and Asthma Exacerbations
JAMA Intern Med. Published online July 18, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.2436

See also:

Fracking industry wells associated with increased risk of asthma attacks, study finds. Medical XPress, July 18, 2016

Danielle Filson and Karen Feridun, Pennsylvanians Against Fracking, RELEASE: Breaking: Comprehensive New Study Links Fracking Activity in Pennsylvania to Increased Risk of Asthma Attacks. Berks Gas Truth, July 18, 2016

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