New Study Finds Health Fallout For 9/11 Workers

Date: January 23, 2003

Source: News Room

A new study from the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York has shown that many workers and emergency responders who volunteered in New York after the September 11th terrorist attacks have had lingering health problems related to their rescue, recovery, and cleanup work. The study has provided free screening examinations and medical referrals to about 3,500 workers and emergency personnel. Ten months to one year after September 11, 2001, 73% had symptoms or abnormal findings in physical exams indicating ear, nose, and throat problems. Doctors also saw evidence of lung disease in 57% of them. So far, Mount Sinai's program has received $12 million in federal funding-enough to screen 9,000 of an estimated 35,000 who took part in rescue and recovery efforts by July of this year, when the study is scheduled to conclude.

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