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CDC to Present Lecture on Black Lung Disease in Central Appalachia

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be presenting “Resurgence of Black Lung in Central Appalachia” at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in the Ray E. Stowers Auditorium in the Hamilton Math and Science Building on the Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee. Health care providers in surrounding communities are invited to attend.

 

The presenters include James Brandon Crum, DO, a radiologist from Pikeville, Kentucky, and CDC epidemiologists David J. Blackley, PhD, and A. Scott Laney, PhD.

 

According to the CDC, coal miners are being diagnosed at a younger age with a progressive form of pneumoconiosis, also known as black lung disease. The presenters conducted an investigation of the prevalence of the disease in Central Appalachia. The presentation will cover the history of black lung disease and possible causes and preventions of the disease, especially in young miners with the new aggressive form of the disease.  

 

For more information on the research visit: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6549a1.htm

 

For more information from National Public Radio (NPR) on the black lung epidemic in Central Appalachia visit: http://www.npr.org/2016/12/15/505577680/advanced-black-lung-cases-surge-in-appalachia

 

The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. LMU-DCOM is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of osteopathic physicians to provide health care in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1-800.325.0900, ext. 7082, e-mail dcom@LMUnet.edu, or visit us online at http://med.LMUnet.edu.

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