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Chronic respiratory disease in mining communities.

Authors
Higgins-ITT
Source
Ann NY Acad Sci 200(1):197-210
NIOSHTIC No.
00047244
Abstract
Studies of chronic respiratory disease that have been carried out in mining communities in England, Wales, and the state of West Virginia, in the United States, are reviewed. In each community, miners and exminers have been compared with nonminers, using standardized methods. The influence of pneumoconiosis and dust exposure on respiratory symptoms and lung function has been assessed. A higher prevalence of symptoms and a lower average forced expiratory volume has consistently been found in miners compared with nonminers. Miners with simple pneumoconiosis have not, however, been found to differ consistently either in symptom prevalence or in lung function from miners without pneumoconiosis. An increasing prevalence of symptoms and decreasing lung function with increasing duration of work either underground or at the coal face has been found in some surveys but not in others. These findings suggest that long term dust exposure cannot explain all the excess of chronic nonspecific respiratory disease found in miners.
Keywords
Respiratory-disorders; Coal-mining; Dust-inhalation; Respiratory-function-tests; Diagnostic-tests; Chronic-bronchitis; Epidemiology
CODEN
ANYAA9
Publication Date
19721229
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1973
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-00243
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
0077-8923
Source Name
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
State
MI
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