Mining and public health

Dr. Michael Hendryx, Director of the West Virginia Rural Health Research Center at West Virginia University’s Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, has spent the last five years studying the impacts of mining on public health.

His extensive, peer-reviewed research has found that residents in mining areas ? especially mountaintop removal mining areas ? have higher incidents of cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, birth defects, premature mortality and other issues. Hendryx was one of the first scientists to investigate whether some of the many public health problems in Appalachia could be linked to coal mining.

Watch the video below to hear more about Hendryx’s research.

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