New York, NY - Conservative Fox News personality Glenn Beck has reportedly been hospitalized in New York City.
According to a spokesperson for Fox News, Beck was suffering from breathing problems during his daily television broadcast Monday evening and was later taken to a nearby emergency room where he was admitted for further observation.
Early reports from the hospital indicate that Mr. Beck, 47, is suffering from an acute case of what can best be described as white lung, a respiratory condition caused by the inhalation of large amounts of dust over a long period of time.
Specialists at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center who were interviewed for this story described the symptoms of white lung as being very similar to a condition commonly suffered by underground coal miners known as black lung.
The main difference between the two ailments is that black lung is caused by overexposure to coal dust in poorly ventilated mine shafts.
Conversely, the much less diagnosed white lung is caused by the breathing in of massive amounts of chalk dust over periods of several years and is most commonly found among retired elementary school teachers.