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An Interview with Ron Carson The Silent Epidemic

An Interview with Ron Carson The Silent Epidemic

In the foothills of Appalachia there is a silent epidemic that is growing more and more every day, it is Black Lung Disease. During the 1970’s Black Lung disease was very prevalent. Since then the numbers have been up and down, until recently has there been an up-tick in the disease. So why has there…

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Dr. Joseph Smiddy, MD Discussing the Largest Cluster of Advanced Black Lung Ever Recorded in Southwest Virginia.

Dr. Joseph Smiddy, MD Discussing the Largest Cluster of Advanced Black Lung Ever Recorded in Southwest Virginia.

By Betty Boyd The coal miner is the personification of the mountaineer spirit in Southwest Virginia. They have many obstacles that must be overcome when they are deep in the mines. One of these is pulmonary lung diseases, such as Black Lung Disease. Black Lung Disease is the inhalation of coal dust while mining. Dr.…

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