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Babies Born Near Fracking Wells Are Smaller

Risk is especially high for those within half-mile, says big new study out of Pennsylvania

(Newser) - Expectant moms who live close to fracking sites are significantly more likely to give birth to underweight babies, according to a comprehensive new study out of Pennsylvania. And the closer they are to the well, the greater the risk, say researchers in the journal Science Advances . The researchers found that... More »

US Newborns Get Smaller

Mysterious drop most acute with mothers considered least at risk

(Newser) - The birth weight of the average full-term baby born in the US decreased by 1.83 ounces between 1990 and 2005. Researchers discovered the trend, which runs counter to received notions about increasing birth weight, after studying the records of 37 million newborns. Even more surprising, babies delivered by the... More »

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