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Adverse thyroid health effects of coal ash exposure

Liu, Guning (2017) Adverse thyroid health effects of coal ash exposure. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Coal ash from coal burning is a stationary source of air pollution in industrial countries. More than one-third of US electricity is generated from coal burning. Even though about 50% of coal combustion residuals (CCR) can be reused with current technology, the disposal of coal ash is still inevitable, potentially causing adverse health effects in both adults and children. About 12 in every 100 people experience a thyroid disorder during their lifetime. In the current US population, 20 million people are estimated to have thyroid disorders of some kind, and fewer than half are aware of their condition. Some thyroid diseases are hard to diagnose, and most require regular monitoring for life. Although thyroid medication is not as expensive as cancer treatments, thyroid disorders can still cause great economic difficulty. This essay provides an introduction to coal ash and thyroid problems for interested members of the public. It is a literature review with a brief discussion of whether possible correlations exist between coal ash and thyroid disorders. It is of significant public health benefits to conduct further research in this subject.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
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Liu, GuningGUL18@PITT.EDUGUL18
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Committee ChairPearce, Lindalip10@pitt.edulip10UNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberTerry, Martha Annmaterry@pitt.edumaterryUNSPECIFIED
Date: June 2017
Date Type: Submission
Number of Pages: 43
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Environmental and Occupational Health
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2017 17:45
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2017 17:45


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