Study: Even Tiny Amounts of Fracking Chemicals Can Harm Health

Published on
March 21, 2012

fracking, top 5 today, reporting on health, health journalism, environmental healthFracking: New research suggests that even tiny amounts of the chemicals used in natural gas drilling can affect the human endocrine system in ways that are hazardous to health, Lisa Song reports for InsideClimate News.

Smoking: Around the world, deaths related to smoking have nearly tripled in the last decade, with most occurring in low- or middle income countries, according to a new report from the American Cancer Society and World Lung Foundation, Angela Haupt reports for U.S. News and World Report.

Health Reform: WNYC's Anna Sale offers a video primer of next week's Supreme Court hearing on health reform, in just over three minutes.

Cancer Prevention: A daily aspirin could reduce the risk of many cancers, two new studies suggest, but doctors worry about the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding from taking the stomach-irritating medicine every day, Roni Caryn Rabin reports for the New York Times.

Military Mental Health: The Army's inspector general is scrutinizing the military's mental health clinics to see if officials dismissed diagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorder to save money, in the wake of the killing of 16 Afghan civilians allegedly by a U.S. soldier, Donna Cassata reports for the Associated Press.

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