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Researchers’ Own Findings Discredit New Study Linking Fracking to Childhood Leukemia

Another round of attention-grabbing headlines has swept the media, this time blaming fracking for childhood leukemia, yet they fail to highlight obvious limitations and past contradictions by the very same researchers.

A new study by Yale University researchers, published by the Environmental Health Perspectives, claims to link children who live near unconventional oil and natural gas (UOG) sites to an increased risk of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). While there are several inconsistencies and various leaps to conclusion throughout this study, the first and foremost is that these researchers claim water as an exposure pathway for leukemia, yet ignore their own past research which has established no such exposure pathway.

EID takes a closer look at what to keep in mind when reading this study on

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