Summary #668

Study links congenital heart disease to oil, gas development
  • Study of 3,300 infants, born between 2005 and 2011 in areas with heavy oil and gas production in Colorado, shows increased risk of heart disease.
  • The conclusion is that mothers living near oil and gas plants have from 40% to 70% bigger risk of giving birth to babies with congenital heart defects.
  • This research follows up on a 2014 study which also linked congenital heart disease in newborns to living in areas with heavy oil and gas production.
  • Each year in the US about 40,000 babies are born with congenital heart defects, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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