Colorado School of Public Health

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6:00 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Study Links Proximity to Natural Gas Development And Birth Defects

A well pad and produced water near homes in Garfield County.
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A new study from the Colorado School of Public Health links natural gas development with certain birth defects. The report, Natural Gas Development and Birth Outcomes, found congenital heart defects were 30 percent more likely in infants born to mothers living close to natural gas development. These defects happen before birth, when the blood vessels near the heart don’t develop normally. Lisa McKenzie is a Research Associate at the University of Colorado’s School of Public Health.

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Health
10:26 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Study: High School Athletes at High Elevations Suffer Fewer Concussions

A new study shows high school athletes, like football and ice hockey players, suffer fewer concussions at higher altitudes.
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Researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health have found high school athletes competing at higher elevations suffer fewer concussions than their sea-level counterparts. The reason: a phenomenon attributed to physiological changes in the brain that causes it to fit more snuggly in the skull. The results showed a 31 percent decrease in concussion rates among athletes playing at 600 feet above sea level, and higher. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Dr. Dawn Comstock. She co-authored the study.

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