Nov 4, 2009 8:35 AM by Jamie Smith

Asthma affecting first responders to WTC

The responders who worked so hard to save lives after the September 11th terrorist attacks may be facing a new battle.

Researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York analyzed the medical records of over 2000 World Trade Center responders. They found they were two times more likely to report asthma symptoms after the 911 attack, when compared to the general population. Eight percent of first responders involved in rescue and recovery operations reported asthma attacks, compared to four percent of the population.

The first responders in the study spent an average 80 days at WTC worksites.



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