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Pennsylvania Fracking Chemical Disclosure Law Muzzles State’s Doctors

Pennsylvania Fracking Chemical Disclosure Law Muzzles State’s Doctors

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Gag Order: A little-known provision in Pennsylvania's new fracking chemical disclosure law places a gag order on doctors who look up the potentially harmful chemicals – but then can't pass on the information to their patients because of confidentiality agreements, Kate Sheppard reports for Mother Jones.

Organ "Donation": The Atlantic's Brian Resnick highlights an anthropologist's foray into the hidden world of illegal organ trafficking in Bangladesh. Fascinating and tragic.

Health Reform: Ezra Klein reviews the Affordable Care Act's progress and challenges on its second anniversary, just a few days before the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on its constitutionality.

Obesity: Baby steps. New research on millions of California schoolchildren suggests that state-mandated exercise breaks (aka recess) and healthier food options are slowing, if not reversing, rising rates of obesity, Aparna Narayanan reports for Reuters.

World Bank: President Obama nominates Dartmouth president and global health expert Jim Yong Kim to head the World Bank, and the former Partners in Health founder apparently can dance and rap, too:

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