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canada goose clearance sale At least 62 coal miners with seriously advanced disease have had lung transplants nearly 80 percent in just the canada goose outlet orlando last decade. An additional 27 miners were put on waiting lists and either died before they could get transplants or became so sick they no longer qualified. canada goose clearance sale

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It’s kind of a slow rolling disaster.. It’s a modern industrial tragedy.

“We see increasing numbers and increasing rates of lung transplants, but if you looked further down the chain of severity within our surveillance program we’re seeing more early stage black lung,” Blackley said, in reference to a study that has yet to be published but has been canada goose coats uk publicly discussed at conferences.

“As a percent of all canada goose outlet london miners, we’re seeing more of it than we’ve ever canada goose outlet online store seen before.”

Canada Goose Outlet That rate buy canada goose uk is a shocking 20 percent among tested working miners in central Appalachia who have worked 25 years or more, Blackley said. That means 1 in 5 veteran working coal miners in the region could have diseased lungs. Given the findings of other studies, many are likely to develop the advanced stages of this fatal disease. Canada Goose Outlet

buy canada goose jacket “It’s kind of a slow rolling disaster,” Blackley says. “I think it’s a modern industrial tragedy because we have thousands and thousands of miners with debilitating lung disease that shouldn’t happen and it’s totally preventable.” buy canada goose jacket.

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