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Report Summarizes Health Effects of 9/11

The Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center caused “the largest acute environmental disaster that ever has befallen New York City” and could lead to long-term health problems in rescue workers and city residents, according to a new report. The report — an overview of work by six research centers that have studied health effects of the attacks — found that dust from ground zero had caused a rise in cases of asthma and severe cough, particularly among firefighters and other rescue workers. In one study of 183 cleanup workers, 33 percent were found to have new-onset cough, 18 percent had a wheeze and 24 percent experienced phlegm production, the report said. Full Story

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