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371 Ohio doctors, nurses, EMTs call for legislature to fix fracking secrecy, gag order
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371 Ohio doctors, nurses, EMTs call for legislature to fix fracking secrecy, gag order

CLEVELAND — 371 doctors, nurses, emergency responders, medical technologists, and medical researchers from across Ohio have signed a petition urging Ohio lawmakers to fix the newly-passed state law regulating hydraulic fracturing (fracking). The petition reads as follows: As a medical professional, I urge Ohio legislators to fix the problems in the […]

Fracking gag order hurts Ohioans
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Fracking gag order hurts Ohioans

CINCINNATI — “First, when HIPAA was initiated patient’s could sign a release to allow medical personnel the right to share information to give better quality patient care and establish community support systems for emotional needs to be met. Second, the American Nurses Association acknowledge the need for good communication to […]

Letter to Neal Nesbitt, President-elect of Ohio State Medical Association
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Letter to Neal Nesbitt, President-elect of Ohio State Medical Association

Doctors fight “gag orders” over fracking chemicals
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Doctors fight “gag orders” over fracking chemicals

MCMURRAY, PA —When several unrelated patients visited McMurray, Pa.-based plastic surgeon Amy Paré, MD, she initially was unsure what to make of the bleeding, oozing legions covering their faces. The wounds were not cancerous, but the inflammation was severe and becoming worse. Dr. Paré’s suspicions grew when she learned that […]

Occupational health nurse says fracking law threatens public health
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Occupational health nurse says fracking law threatens public health

CENTERVILLE — “This June, Governor Kasich signed Senate Bill 315 into law. Though widely reported to be one of the toughest fracking laws in the country, Closer inspection reveals that it is riddled with holes that threaten public health. My comment focuses on parts of the law pertaining to medical […]

State’s ‘medical gag rule’ called an illegal gift to gas drillers
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State’s ‘medical gag rule’ called an illegal gift to gas drillers

SCRANTON, PA — “Kowtowing to natural gas-drilling companies, Pennsylvania enacted an unconstitutional ‘Medical Gag Rule’ that prevents doctors from speaking to patients or the public about the health dangers of fracking, under the guise that such speech would violate ‘trade secrets,’ a doctor claims in Federal Court. Dr. Alfonso Rodriguez […]

Lax fracking law puts doctors at a disadvantage in treating patients exposed to carcinogens
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Lax fracking law puts doctors at a disadvantage in treating patients exposed to carcinogens

CLEVELAND — “Gov. John Kasich signed a bill into law that hides fracking chemicals from physicians, nurses and emergency responders. Yes, drilling companies have to disclose exactly what chemicals they are using, but not until 60 days after a well is completed. Even then, they don’t have to reveal “trade […]

Two lethal amendments in Ohio’s new hydraulic fracturing law
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Two lethal amendments in Ohio’s new hydraulic fracturing law

COLUMBUS – “And don’t forget the ultimate Catch-22 undermining the whole process: How can you determine what can injure you if you are not given the “chemical identity” in the first place, because that is the very thing that its being declared a trade secret is designed to conceal?” — Richard […]