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Lung function still impaired by dust from World Trade Center

Emergency workers continue to have breathing problems years after the 2001 attack

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5:00pm, April 7, 2010

Many rescue workers who responded to the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York continue to show breathing difficulties that haven’t improved in the years since the dust cleared, researchers report in the April 8 New England Journal of Medicine.

The effects go beyond what was first dubbed “World Trade Center cough,” although that symptom has lingered in some emergency workers, says study coauthor Thomas Aldrich, a pulmonologist at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York City. Inhalation of the

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