25 Sep '14, 11am

Skin, respiratory symptoms increase near gas wells, US study shows - The Ecologist

The effect we found persisted in the analyses, even after adjusting for gender, age, educational level, smoking, and awareness of environmental risk factors. A Yale-led study has found a greater prevalence of health symptoms reported among residents living close to natural gas wells, including those drilled by hydraulic fracturing. The study, titled 'Proximity to Natural Gas Wells and Reported Health Status: Results of a Household Survey in Washington County, Pennsylvania ' was published online this month in Environmental Health Perspectives , a journal of the National Institutes of Health. "Our study suggests that natural gas drilling may increase the risk of health symptoms in people living near the wells" , said the study's senior author Meredith Stowe, associate research scientist at the Yale Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program and lecturer at the Yale Scho...

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