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Metals and Minerals Play a Critical Role in Today's Medications and Medical Devices

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DID YOU KNOW THAT MINERALS AND METALS HAVE BECOME ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS THAT HELP DEFINE MODERN MEDICINE?  THEY'RE THE BUILDING-BLOCKS OF LIFE-SAVING MEDICAL DEVICES AND MEDICATIONS THAT BOTH DOCTORS AND PATIENTS RELY ON, EVERY DAY.  WHAT'S MORE, THE "NATIONAL MINING ASSOCIATION" SAYS THAT MINERALS CONTRIBUTE TO THE LATEST MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS:  FOR EXAMPLE, ENGINEERS RECENTLY DEVELOPED TECHNIQUES TO PRINT "THREE-D", CUSTOM BONES--A REMARKABLE ADVANCEMENT THAT WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY MINERALS.  THESE ARTIFICIAL BONES ALLOW NEW TISSUE TO GROW--AND, OVER TIME, THE BONE DISSOLVES, LEAVING HEALTHY BONE IN ITS PLACE.  IN ADDITION, M-R-I SCANNERS, CHEMOTHERAPY-DRUGS, AND SURGICAL EQUIPMENT ALL DEPEND ON MINERALS.  THAT'S WHY "N-M-A" BELIEVES THAT THERE MUST BE READY-ACCESS TO A STABLE SUPPLY OF THE RAW MATERIALS THAT ARE NEEDED FOR THESE VITAL APPLICATIONS.  IT SAYS THAT CONGRESS SHOULD PASS LEGISLATION TO MODERNIZE THE NATION'S MINE-PERMITTING PROCESS--AS A STREAMLINED AND MORE-EFFICIENT PROCESS WOULD BOOST MANUFACTURING, INCREASE ECONOMIC-GROWTH, AND HELP SAVE LIVES.  TO LEARN MORE, VISIT "MINERALS-MAKE-LIFE"-DOT-ORG.


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