Progressive massive fibrosis continues to impact coal miners in 2023

Between 2017 and 2023, more than 1,000 cases of progressive massive fibrosis emerged in coal miners, according to a research letter published in JAMA.
“Most people think of coal mining and black lung as ancient history, but the current burden of progressive massive fibrosis (PMF) in the U.S. is important for people to recognize,” Drew A. Harris, MD, associate professor of medicine in the pulmonary division at University of Virginia and medical director of the black lung program at Stone Mountain Health Services, told Healio. “This devastating disease is still ruining patients’

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