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Black Girls Do Bike

A new organization is encouraging African-American women to hop on their bikes and hit the trails.

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DEP to Investigate Creek Near Mine Discharge for Radioactivity

The agency will seek an answer to whether Ten Mile Creek has been contaminated because of shale gas drilling. The risk to the public is unknown.

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Asthma Summit Experts Agree on Links Between Air Pollution and Health

An asthma summit in Pittsburgh this week featured researchers and health leaders who said that over the last dozen years, a scientific consensus has been reached regarding the connections between air pollution and health problems—perhaps for a surprisingly wide range of the population.

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Is Coal Mining Bad for Your Health?

A new study finds people are dying at a higher rate in coal-mining counties in West Virginia. Last summer, Jeanine Buchanich—a biostatistician at the University of Pittsburgh—began looking at the problem. Was living in a coal-mining town bad for you?

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Study Looks at Appalachian Women, Drilling, and Health

Is fracking safe for people who live near gas wells? Researchers are fanning out around the country to try to answer that question.  A trio of nursing professors just wrapped up one study in SW Pennsylvania.

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PA Denies Doctor's Request to Examine Fracking-Health Link

Concerns about the health effects of hydraulic fracturing have prompted a Washington County doctor to ask the state to take a closer look at a group of patients who live near gas wells and have gotten sick.

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EPA Finalizes Air Rules on Fracking, Delays Implementation 'Til 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency Issued its first ever rules to regulate emissions from hydraulic fracturing.

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Are Doctors Gagged Under Marcellus Law?

A new ad by an advocacy group takes aim at the state's new Marcellus shale drilling law.

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EPA's Test Results Show Safe Drinking Water in Dimock

Federal environmental regulators say the well water at 11 homes in the Susquehanna County village of Dimock, is safe to drink. The town has been at the center of a national debate over the safety of drilling for natural gas in deep shale formations.

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Amid Shale Rush, Trying to Answer Health Questions

Thousands of wells in Pennsylvania have been drilled in the Marcellus shale. But there are questions about safety. Some people near the wells say they're getting sick. Are these complaints valid? Doctors and scientists are scrambling to answer the question.

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