WYMT-TV is reporting studies suggest the number of black lung cases among coal miners is continuing to grow. A town hall meeting was held recently in eastern Kentucky where current and former miners, medical experts, researchers, and advocates came together to talk about the latest research on the disease. Legal experts are also working with those who are fighting to get benefits. Researchers with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health say their research is miles ahead of what it was, even from a few years ago. They say several factors could be contributing to the increasing number of black lung cases. One factor could be that some miners are working longer hours and more days out of the week. They say that leaves less time for their bodies to recover from breathing in coal dust. It is a problem that is not going away. Researchers hope sharing this information, it will convince people to take the disease more seriously and start focusing more on their long-term health. You can find more information by clicking here.
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