During the last 46 years, 76,000 people have died of black lung disease or coal miners’ pneumoconiosis, according to the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration. Coal mining injuries and illnesses are no strangers to West Virginia miners or their families. A new rule to further reduce chances of black lung among miners will go into effect at the beginning of next month.
Charleston doctors' offices and hospitals are constantly busy. Crowded waiting rooms and overbooked patient schedules are proof of that. Physicians must prioritize duties, but unlike other professionals, choices doctors make can save or cost a patient's life.