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Friday, September 24, 2010

Iron Range study finds four new cases of mesothelioma

This week the Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) alerted me through a link on their web site to an update in the ongoing study in . We have been following this study, which is investigating the high incidence of among miners in that state. According to a report in the Duluth News Tribune, the study has identified four new cases of .
The five-year study is being directed by the University of and the Department of Health, and funded by a $4.9 million grant from the Minnestoa state legislature. The new cases bring the total number of former miners diagnosed with to 63.
has traditionally been linked exclusively to . However, an investigation into the link between mining – which takes place in what is known as ’s , – began when state health officials noted an unusually high incidence of occurring in mine workers. occurs at twice the expected rate in the .
As part of the study, researchers are screening workers and their immediate families. To date, they have interviewed about 1,000 people, and would like to double that number.
is an iron-bearing, flint-like rock. Processed pellets are used in the steel making industry.  To process , the ore is ground into a fine powder, the iron is separated from the waste rock using strong magnets and the powdered iron concentrate is combined with bentonite clay and limestone and rolled into pellets. The Mesabi region of is a major production area.

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