Study says 9/11 rescuers' health problems persist
The damage done to first responders in the aftermath of 9/11 is lasting
When the twin towers of the World Trade Center collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001, they produced a dense cloud of smoke and vaporized concrete and drywall.
New York City Fire Department rescue workers who were exposed to this polluted air -- as well as the kicked-up dust and diesel exhaust that accompanied the rescue effort -- had reduced lung function in the weeks and months following the attacks, researchers in New York found at the time.
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