News in Brief

Issue 11 and Volume 159.

Mount Sinai WTC study cites numerous and “persistent’ health problems Findings from the World Trade Center (WTC) Worker and Volunteer Medical Screening Program, released in September, include the following. The study, which focused on respiratory health, found that a high proportion of workers at the WTC became sick and that the illnesses have remained in many of the workers through the years since 9/11. The number of abnormalities in pulmonary function tests in WTC responders was double that expected in the comparable U.S. populations, and the conditions continued for many months, and even years. The results of this comprehensive multicenter clinical program were published in the September 7 edition of Environmental Health Perspectives, the journal of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The report covers 9,500 responders examined between July 2002 and April 2004. They include firefighters; law enforcement officers; building trades, utilities, and telecommunications workers; transit workers; and…

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