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Be warned: Living near fracking sites may up asthma risk by four times

Be warned: Living near fracking sites may up asthma risk by four times
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You may want to consider carefully the area you want to live in, considering its long-lasting impact on you and your family’s health.

According to a US study published on Monday, living near sites that extract natural gas by hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, may increase the risk of asthma up to four times.

The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine, are based on research examining health records collected from 2005 to 2012 in the northeastern state of Pennsylvania.

The researchers found more than 35,000 asthma patients aged from five to 90.

Most asthma attacks they suffered — nearly 21,000 in all — were mild, requiring a corticosteroid prescription.

Another 4,782 severe attacks required hospitalization and 1,870 moderate ones prompted emergency room visits.

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