The University of Minnesota's School of Public Health has been working on a 5-year plan to discover why the miners of Iron Range in Minnesota have a higher rate of developing mesothelioma. This 5-year plan is estimated to cost close to $4.9 million in research. The scientists have wasted no time in starting their research, as data has already begun to be collected immediately following the approval of the plan by an independant scientific review board.
The researchers will initially focus on collecting occupational and medical records from 68,000 Iron Range miners. Unfortunately, many of these minors have already ben diagnosed and have died from the disease. They will also take a look at the current health of around 1,200 active miners and retired minors, as well as 800 spouses. Every person involved in the study will be asked to fill out a questionnaire and participate in chest x-rays, blood tests, breath tests, and other tests to determine their health. This study will hopefully uncover the cause of the high rate of deaths in this region.
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