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PHOTO: There is contamination of drinking water associated with hydraulic fracturing, but a new study also finds the primary cause is from faulty shale gas wells, not migrating methane from the process itself. Photo credit: Roy Luck/Flickr.

FORT WORTH, Texas - A new study finds contamination of drinking water in parts of Texas from the extraction of shale gas, but the primary cause is not what some people had feared. Researcher Avner Vengosh says the contamination of the wells that they analyzed was not directly from the process of hy ...Read More

PHOTO: Booster seats can reduce injuries during a car crash by 45 percent, but a new survey finds nine out of 10 parents moving children to seat belts before they are big enough. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman.

INDIANAPOLIS - Kids may often want to act like grown-ups, but experts say riding in a car without a safety seat is something that should be put off for as long as possible. A new study released Tuesday from Safe Kids Worldwide finds a majority of parents moving their children to seat belts before t ...Read More

PHOTO: Advocates from around the west attend the Justice Begins with Seeds conference in Portland, including (left to right) Cindy Black of Washington, Larry Pamm of California, former EPA senior scientist Ray Seidler, and conference organizer Rick North. Photo courtesy of Chris Hardy.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Some Oregon farmers set aside their harvest plans for a couple of days to learn more about a growing trend known as "food sovereignty," which offers more local control over foods grown and sold in an area. At a weekend conference in Portland, hundreds debated the merits of a food s ...Read More

PHOTO: A new study says parents benefit a great deal in states that have opted to expand Medicaid, and that in turn helps their children. Photo credit: JackF/iStockphoto.com

RICHMOND, Va. – Getting parents health coverage improves the well being of their children, according to new research that says states that expand Medicaid are doing a much better job of covering those adults. The report from the Urban Institute shows that states that have rejected Medicaid e ...Read More

PHOTO: Parents, students and community leaders are now at the table with school districts, working on ways to address the state's academic achievement gaps between white students and students of color. Photo credit: Thomas Martin/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As the state continues to wrestle with one of the worst academic achievement gaps in the nation, some progress is being made to lessen that divide between white students and those of color. Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius says while the advances are comin ...Read More

GRAPHIC: Youth leaders from across the state plan to use social media as well as other means to reach the state's 18- to 34-year-olds and make sure they are aware of what opportunities exist under the Affordable Care Act. Image courtesy of S. Dhanak.

LANSING, Mich. - The second open-enrollment period for health insurance plans offered through the Affordable Care Act is right around the corner, and a new effort is under way to make sure young adults have all the information they need. Emily Todebush, 29, of Bloomfield Hills, who was diagnosed l ...Read More

Photo: A study by Physicians for a National Health Program found the U.S. spends almost four times as much on administrative costs as neighboring Canada and significantly more than other countries with single-payer systems. Photo courtesy: Norbert Kaiser

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As debate over health care reform and the Medicaid expansion continues in Florida and the rest of the nation, one solution to the problem of health care costs could lie in how much hospitals spend on nonmedical-related expenses. A study released this week by Physicians fo ...Read More

PHOTO: This image, from a presentation by Michael Hansen of Consumer Reports, shows the label of a candy bar sold in Europe, where food companies already are required to label their genetically-engineered ingredients. Photo courtesy Michael Hansen.

MEDFORD, Ore. - Backers of Measure 92, to require labeling of genetically-engineered ingredients in foods sold in Oregon, are getting some help this week from one of the "big guns" in the food labeling debate nationwide. Michael Hansen, senior scientist for Consumer Reports, is in Oregon making sev ...Read More

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