Thursday, April 14, 2022

New study shows increase in black lung disease in coal miners


 News Release 14-Apr-2022
Provides rationale for the mine safety and health administration to develop a more protective occupational standard for silica.
Peer-Reviewed Publication
American Thoracic Society


Higher levels of  silica dust can be found in the lung tissue of contemporary coal miners compared to the lung tissue in previous generations of coal miners, according to a new study in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.  The study helps explain the recent increase in severe pneumoconiosis – often referred to as black lung disease – concentrated in central Appalachia (West Virginia, Virginia and Kentucky) miners.



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