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Add This to the List of Health Risks for Ground Zero Workers

According to CBS News, a study published in Arthritis & Rheumatology found that recovery workers who participated in efforts at Ground Zero face a greater risk for rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases. While previous research has found increased rates of certain cancers and respiratory diseases, this is the first study to find risk for certain autoimmune disorders. The odds of the brave workers getting diagnosed with an autoimmune disease increased 13 percent for every month spent at the site, and 10 months on-site yielded a risk for such diseases three times higher than those on-site for only a month. It is unclear which specific toxins present at the Twin Towers site caused the higher risk for autoimmune diseases, and 9/11 workers who develop possible symptoms should seek medical attention.

Read the article published by CBS News.

Read the study published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology.