Exposure to coal dust increases the severity of emphysema
Researchers in the US studied mine workers in the West Virginia and Vermont and found that miners exposed to coal dust had significantly greater degree of emphysema and disability from emphysema.
There are multiple possible mechanisms for this. Maastricht University Medical Center and the University of Vermont are both located in mining regions.
This article is of particular interest to the Di-one institute because of the focus on respiratory disase (partcularly COPD, asthma, and mine worker's lung disease). This article provides further proof of the linkage between these fields of respiratory disase.
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