Did a wafting methane plume(s) kill Tiffany Phu in Mansfield TX? Its looking more like it statistically especially in light of this eight year Pennsylvanian study that was published on July 18, 2016 in JAMA entitled….
“Association Between Unconventional Natural Gas Development in the Marcellus Shale and Asthma Exacerbations”
“Findings In this nested case-control study of 35 508 patients with asthma, those in the highest quartile of residential UNGD activity had significantly higher odds of 3 types of asthma exacerbations (new oral corticosteroid medication orders, emergency department visits, and hospitalizations) than those in the lowest quartile”.
While this study was done in the north-east, do NOT rest assured Texans in Arlington Gasland TX are not suffering-they are breathers too.
Here are four news agency reports on the study…..
Fracking might worsen asthma for children, adults living near wells
“The highest risk for asthma attacks occurred in people living a median of about 12 miles from drilled wells. The lowest risk was for people living a median of about 40 miles away”.
Fracking industry wells associated with increased risk of asthma attacks, study finds
“The Hopkins researchers identified more than 35,000 asthma patients……They mapped where the patients with these attacks lived; assigned them metrics based on the location, size, number, phase, total depth and gas production of the wells; and compared them to asthma patients who didn’t have attacks in the same year.
Those who lived closer to a large number or bigger active natural gas wells were significantly more likely – 1.5 to four times more likely – to suffer asthma attacks”.
Health study shows connection between asthma attacks and gas drilling
“Looking at four stages of shale gas well activity, which included preparing the well site, drilling, fracking, and production, Rasmussen says they found that people with asthma who live near more intense shale gas activity are 1.5 to 4.4 times more likely to suffer from an asthma attack.
The study also broke up the severity of the asthma attack into three categories, including mild, moderate and severe. Mild included a new asthma medication. Moderate meant a visit to the emergency room, while severe correlated with hospitalization. There were increased associations with mild, moderate and severe incidents.The increased risk was also associated with all four stages of well development.“
Increased Asthma Attacks Tied to Exposure to Natural Gas Production
“Rasmussen said the paper is the first to examine unconventional natural gas development and “objective respiratory impacts,” which refer to incidents reported to health providers in the form of hospital visits or prescriptions”.
“Bernard Goldstein, an emeritus professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, said the study’s findings are important but should come as no surprise, given what’s known about links between air pollution and asthma. “There are regional ozone problems that could easily be exacerbated by fracking operations.”
So as usual I will post my email to our city health official, who is 100% unresponsive…..
From: kim feil <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Cynthia Simmons <email@example.com>
Cc: Robert Rivera <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Jim Parajon <email@example.com>; Trey Yelverton <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Lana Wolff <email@example.com>; Charlie Parker <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Michael Glaspie <email@example.com>; Kathryn Wilemon <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Sheri Capehart <email@example.com>; Robert Shepard <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Jeff Williams <email@example.com>; Victoria Myers <firstname.lastname@example.org>; John Dugan <email@example.com>; Jenny Narvaez <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Chris Klaus <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, July 18, 2016 5:16 PM
Subject: Hopkins Researchers foundy correlation to higher asthma rates near fracking