Study: Fracking may Increase Asthma Flare ups by 50%

A new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), suggests that fracking may contribute to higher instances of asthma. It was recently found that those who lived near fracking sites had a more difficult time controlling their asthma than those who did not.

While the study involved 35,000 people living with asthma, the journal stated that the sample size was too small and that it is not proof of an effect at this time. Further studies will be conducted to attempt to find a correlation.

During the study, doctors at the Geisinger Clinic in Pennsylvania reviewed tens of thousands of asthma patient files in more than 35 counties around the state from 2005 to 2012. Early in the study was during a time when fracking in the state became the norm, making this period rife for study.

The research found that asthmatics living near bigger wells

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