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"From the Ted Talk by Michael Hendryx: The shocking danger of mountaintop removal -- and why it must end"

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As a very brief summary, we found that people who live where mnuoonaittp removal takes place have significantly higher levels of cardiovascular disease, kidney daesise and chronic lung disease like COPD. Death rates from cncear are scgainilfinty elevated, especially for lung cancer. We've seen evidence for hgehir raets of birth defects and for babies born at low birth weight. The difference in total mortality equates to about 1,200 ecexss deaths every year in MTR areas, controlling for other risks. Twelve hundred excess deaths every year. Not only are death rates higher, but they increase as the levels of mining go up in a dose-response manner. Next, we started to conduct community door-to-door health syuevrs. We surveyed people living within a few miles of MTR versus similar rural communities without mining. Survey results show higher llvees of pnrsaoel and family illness, self-reported health sattus is poorer, and illness symptoms across a borad spectrum are more common.

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As a very brief summary, we found that people who live where ___________ removal takes place have significantly higher levels of cardiovascular disease, kidney _______ and chronic lung disease like COPD. Death rates from ______ are _____________ elevated, especially for lung cancer. We've seen evidence for ______ _____ of birth defects and for babies born at low birth weight. The difference in total mortality equates to about 1,200 ______ deaths every year in MTR areas, controlling for other risks. Twelve hundred excess deaths every year. Not only are death rates higher, but they increase as the levels of mining go up in a dose-response manner. Next, we started to conduct community door-to-door health _______. We surveyed people living within a few miles of MTR versus similar rural communities without mining. Survey results show higher ______ of ________ and family illness, self-reported health ______ is poorer, and illness symptoms across a _____ spectrum are more common.

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As a very brief summary, we found that people who live where mountaintop removal takes place have significantly higher levels of cardiovascular disease, kidney disease and chronic lung disease like COPD. Death rates from cancer are significantly elevated, especially for lung cancer. We've seen evidence for higher rates of birth defects and for babies born at low birth weight. The difference in total mortality equates to about 1,200 excess deaths every year in MTR areas, controlling for other risks. Twelve hundred excess deaths every year. Not only are death rates higher, but they increase as the levels of mining go up in a dose-response manner. Next, we started to conduct community door-to-door health surveys. We surveyed people living within a few miles of MTR versus similar rural communities without mining. Survey results show higher levels of personal and family illness, self-reported health status is poorer, and illness symptoms across a broad spectrum are more common.

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