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Coal miner Scott Tiller works next to a drill in an underground coal mine roughly 40 inches high in Welch, West Virginia. AP Photo/David Goldman

Black lung disease on the rise: 5 questions answered

A recent study found the largest cluster of advanced black lung disease ever recorded among coal miners in central Appalachia. Two doctors who treat black lung patients explain how miners contract it.
Black lung is preventable – and hasn’t been seen in Australia in more than 20 years. United Nations Photo/Flickr

Explainer: what is black lung and why do miners get it?

Coal miners in Queensland have been diagnosed with "black lung", a disease that was thought to have been eradicated in Australia over 20 years ago. So what is black lung, and why is it back?
Exposure to even a single fibre of asbestos dust can cause significant health problems. Image from shutterstock.com

Health harms of asbestos won’t be known for decades

The digital age crashed into the bronze age when the roll out of Australia’s high-speed broadband network was disrupted by the discovery of asbestos in Telstra pits in recent weeks. Workplace relations…

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