Firefighters Exposed to World Trade Center Dust Developed Lung Condition

For example, almost 70 percent of rescue personnel and workers who responded to the terrorist attacks suffered from lung problems during and after the recovery efforts. And some of those problems persisted for at least two-and-a-half years after the attacks, according to a report released last September by researchers at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, the largest study to date on the health effects of the disaster.

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SOURCES: David J. Prezant, M.D., chief medical officer, New York City Fire Department; Len Horovitz, M.D., pulmonary specialist, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; May 2007, Chest

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