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News by Topic: Appalachia

New Data Visualization Tool Enables In-Depth, County-by-County Look at Impact of Opioid Epidemic in Appalachian Region
Mar 20, 2018 - NORC at the University of Chicago and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) released a new Appalachian Overdose Mapping Tool integrating overdose mortality rates for each Appalachian county with data on unemployment, poverty, disability, and other socioeconomic variables.
Source: Appalachian Regional Commission
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Black Lung Study Finds Biggest Cluster Ever Of Fatal Coal Miners' Disease
Feb 6, 2018 - In a research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) confirmed 416 cases of progressive massive fibrosis, or complicated black lung, in three clinics in central Appalachia from 2013 to 2017. This is the largest cluster of advanced black lung disease ever reported. To further complicate this issue, black lung is being found in young miners, indicating a more progressive disease.
Source: NPR
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