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The U.S. has experienced a drastic drop in teen pregnancies, which many hail as proof of the effectiveness of an Obama-era federal grant program, NBC News reported. Examining detailed information on causes of death (including external causes) and industry and occupation of decedents is essential for identifying silicosis deaths associated with occupational exposures and reducing misclassification of silicosis mortality.health newshealth news

It comes as no surprise that many of the risk factors for poor health are also more prevalent in the Appalachian region, including fewer health care providers, higher rates of diabetes and obesity, higher rates of physical inactivity and higher smoking region also has lower incomes, higher poverty rates, more people on disability and lower shares of residents with some college education – and all of these risk factors are higher in Kentucky.

And Kentucky’s rates for these measures were even higher, when compared to both the national and Appalachian rates: heart disease deaths were 45 percent higher in Kentucky, compared to 17 percent higher in the region; cancer deaths were 35 percent higher, compared to 10 percent higher in the region; and diabetes deaths were 32 percent higher, compared to 11 percent higher in the region.

But other health researchers support the move to a safer product: If you have a company willing to shift to a less harmful product, is that something we should be getting in the way of?” Jonathan Foulds, a smoking cessation expert at Penn State, told Wan.health news

In addition, 13 of the 17 death certificates listing code J62.0 as cause of death had information on decedent’s industry and occupation; among the 13 decedents, none worked in talc exposure-associated jobs, suggesting that their talc exposure was nonoccupational.