Recovery workers who toiled at the World Trade Center disaster site may face a heightened risk of rheumatoid arthritis and similar autoimmune diseases, a new study suggests.
The findings, reported online March 16 in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology, add to the list of potential health effects seen among responders to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York City.
Past studies have found increased rates of respiratory diseases, such as asthma and chronic bronchitis, as well as some forms of cancer. The new study is the first to find an increased risk of certain autoimmune disorders, the researchers say.
Autoimmune diseases arise when the immune system launches an abnormal attack on the body's own tissue. The conditions seen in this study -- which also included lupus and systemic sclerosis -- affect joints, muscles and connective tissue throughout the body.
The diseases were not common. In the 12 years following 9/11, the researchers found 59 new cases of autoimmune conditions among more than 13,600 firefighters and other recovery workers who were potentially at risk.
But their odds of getting such a diagnosis rose 13 percent for each month they spent at the Twin Towers site, the findings showed. And workers who spent 10 months there had a threefold higher risk than those who were on-site for one month.
Faces of the 9/11 Health Crisis
Families of 9/11 victims filed suit in Manhattan against Saudi Arabia Monday, claiming the Arab country knowingly facilitated the devastating terror attacks.
First Responders and people sickened by the attacks may also sue, contact the attorneys handling this to make sure you are included.-APN
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More than a dozen people arrested during two protests outside Trump Tower — including the Rev. Al Sharpton’s daughter and Eric Garner’s mom — were told Monday that their cases...
What Bull^%$&. Marxists taking care of their foot soldiers. Paid protesters should be sent to the DeBlasio places of business to conduct themselves the same way -APN
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