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9/11 First Responders May be Prone to Kidney Disease

First responders from The World Trade Center attack have been showed to develop cancer, as well as lung and heart abnormalities due to the particulate matter inhaled during the response. Now, a study conducted by the WTC-CHEST Program, a subset of the World Trade Center Health Program Clinical Center for Excellence at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and presented this month at American Society for Nephrology meeting, has examined the potential risk of kidney disease, the New York Daily News reports. The study examined the urine of 183 first responders, taking into consideration their “time of arrival, proximity, duration, and level of exposure at Ground Zero.” Researchers found that first responders with the highest exposure to the 9/11 particulate matter had significantly greater levels of albumin, a signal of early kidney failure, in their urine than the first responders in the study with low exposure levels. The findings provide important information about the risk factors of disease, as well as potential treatment options.

Read the article published by the New York Daily News.