Comments on "Coal workers’ pneumoconiosis prevalence disparity between Australia and the United States."
Huang-X; Luo-Y; Luxbacher-K
Min Eng 2013 Feb; 65(2):44-46
Despite a strong association between quartz content in mixed coal dust and the prevalence of coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWP), as observed by Joy et al. (2012), increasing evidence demonstrates that bioavailable iron content in the coal is a likely causative compound that cannot be ignored. Instead of asking which compounds cause CWP, a more pragmatic question should be what compound(s) in the mixed coal dust prevents CWP from rising in the Western coal workers. Here we discuss the potential use of calcite as a protective agent to prevent CWP in the Appalachian coal field.
Quartz-dust; Coal-dust; Dust-exposure; Dust-inhalation; Dusts; Dust-particles; Coal-workers; Coal-workers-pneumoconiosis; Biological-effects; Biological-material; Iron-compounds
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