Puerto Rico: Health centers face bleak future

An extraordinary need for publicly subsidized health services amidst an unprecedented economic crisis is putting Puerto Rico's federally funded community health centers in jeopardy, according to a new report.A higher proportion of Puerto Rico's population — nearly 1 person in 10 — depends on community health centers for their care, as compared with 1 in 14 on the mainland.

Fracking plays active role in generating toxic metal wastewater, study finds

The production of hazardous wastewater in hydraulic fracturing is assumed to be partly due to chemicals introduced into injected freshwater when it mixes with highly saline brine naturally present in the rock. But a Dartmouth study investigating the toxic metal barium in fracking wastewater finds that chemical reactions between injected freshwater and the fractured shale itself could play a major role.

American Cancer Society admits conventional cancer treatment causes more cancer

The more radiation therapy you receive, the more likely it is you'll develop a second cancer caused by that radiation, according to a document[PDF] released by the American Cancer Society, which admits that certain organs such as the breast and thyroid are more prone to developing a second cancer.This information is followed by a new study which found that second cancers in Americans have increased a whopping 300 percent since the 1970s, all of which are a completely new type of cancer an…