June 12, 2012

Americans have all suffered the emotional effects of September 11’s terrorist attacks, but for many of New York City’s first responders who cleaned up the site in the months that followed, the physical effects still linger.

Dr. Raja Flores, chief of thoracic surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, spoke to about the adverse health effects some of those first responders have faced.

Mount Sinai researchers have been following approximately 30,000 first responders, many of whom were breathing in dust containing 2,000 tons of asbestos on a daily basis as they cleaned up the site.

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