Living Near Fracking Sites Can Increase Asthma Risk

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Living close to a fracking site could increase your risk of asthma.

A new study in the "Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine" said that patients are one and a half to four times more likely to have asthma attacks if they live near larger fracking wells.

Fracking is the process of extracting oil and gas from the ground through drilling and the injection of high-pressure water.

The study's lead author said that people who live near the wells are also exposed to excess noise, sleep disruptions and air pollution. However, he said more research needs to be done on how stress and air pollution affect the relationship between the worsening of asthma and nearby fracking wells.

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