"Residents of coal mining com-
munities have long complained
of impaired health," Michael Hendryx
Ph.D, associate director of the WVU
Institute for Health Policy Research
in WVU's Community Medicine
department, said. "This study sub-
stantiates their claims. Those
residents are at an increased risk
of developing chronic heart, lung
and kidney diseases."
. have a 70% increased risk for de-
veloping kidney disease
. a 64% increased risk for developing
chronic obstructive pulmonary dis-
ease(COPD) such as emphysema.
. are 30% more likely to report
high blood pressure (hypertension).