Lawyer Files Ethics Complaint Over ‘Appalachian Inbreeding’ Remarks

A North Carolina law professor has filed an ethics complaint against the Washington, D.C. law firm that insinuated inbreeding was responsible for birth defects in Appalachia. The law firm made the comments while trying to refute a study connecting mountaintop removal to birth defect rates. Law firm Crowell and Moring raised several issues with the […]

Law Firm Says Inbreeding Skews Data Linking Mountaintop Removal to Birth Defects

Last month, researchers at Washington State University and West Virginia University released a study that found a correlation between mountaintop removal and mining birth defects. A law firm with ties to the National Mining Association has refuted the study’s findings, but in the process, insulted many Appalachians. Inbreeding in Appalachia is one of many stereotypes, […]

Study Links Mountaintop Removal Mining to Birth Defects

A new study says babies born in counties where mountaintop removal mining is done may be more likely to suffer birth defects than babies born in counties with other types of coal mining. According to the study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Research, babies born in counties in Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee […]

UofL Birth Defects Center Gets NIH Grants

The University of Louisville’s Birth Defects Center has received a renewal of funding from the National Institutes of Health. The center was awarded just under $9-million five years ago for research. Today the center announced that amount has been renewed by NIH for another five years. Director Dr. Robert Greene says although researchers have made […]