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After Legal Fight, NCI Researchers Publish Study Linking Diesel Exhaust, Cancer 196

ananyo writes "A landmark study involving U.S. miners that links cancer rates to diesel fume exposure has been published after a seventeen-year legal battle with an industry group. A February 27 Slashdot story had reported that lawyers for the mining industry had sent threatening letters to scientific journals advising them against publishing the study. Initiated in 1998, after the first of many legal delays, the study analyzed exposures in detail for more than 12,000 workers while controlling for smoking and other risk factors. In the end, the scientists found that miners faced a threefold risk of lethal lung cancer, and underground workers who were heavily exposed to diesel fumes faced a fivefold risk. The two concluding papers from the study are available in full."
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After Legal Fight, NCI Researchers Publish Study Linking Diesel Exhaust, Cancer

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  • by fuzzyfuzzyfungus ( 1223518 ) on Tuesday March 06, 2012 @10:34AM (#39260671) Journal
    An efficient, if extralegal, approach might be to deliver the news of the results and coverup and then politely turn ones back and whistle innocently in order to allow the exposed miners and the coverers-up to enjoy a frank exchange of views in private.

    Providing pickaxe handles is optional; but should speed the matter up.
  • Dear Sir or Madam,

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    Letters similar to this one have been sent to Slashdot and various other users who have already agreed not to post such dangerous and unfounded ideas such as yours. So remember that, before you hit submit on the above post, you will be hearing from our firm if you do.

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  • by Pope ( 17780 ) on Tuesday March 06, 2012 @01:04PM (#39262621)

    Like a ninja?

Sigmund Freud is alleged to have said that in the last analysis the entire field of psychology may reduce to biological electrochemistry.