Researchers Study the Health Effects of Fracking; St. Joseph’s/Candler Health Systems Gets Top Service Award - Health Minute for January 31, 2013

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Researchers Study the Health Effects of Fracking; St. Joseph’s/Candler Health Systems Gets Top Service Award - Health Minute for January 31, 2013

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Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 10:30am

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A coalition of researchers is preparing to study whether using hydraulic fracturing to drill for natural gas is hazardous to human health. The University of Pennsylvania’s Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology has organized a working group with other universities including Columbia, Johns Hopkins, and the University of North Carolina. The group will investigate and analyze reports of nausea, headaches, breathing difficulties and other ills from people who live near natural gas drilling sites, compressor stations or wastewater pits. The aim is to bring academic discipline to the unresolved debate between an industry that denies links between fracking and environmental contamination and those who claim that fracking poisons air and water with natural and man-made chemicals that can cause cancer, birth defects and other illnesses.

St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System has received the 2012 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service, one of the highest community service honors in healthcare. St. Joseph’s/Candler is a faith-based, locally owned, not-for-profit health system formed by an operating agreement between St. Joseph’s Hospital and Candler Hospital – two of the oldest continuously operating hospitals in the nation. The organization’s faith-based, holistic approach to healing encourages individuals to become more knowledgeable about their personal health. The $100,000 prize is presented annually to a healthcare organization that provides innovative programs to significantly improve the health and well being of its community. Sponsors are The Baxter International Foundation, and the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Health Research & Educational Trust.

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