Risk of COPD 30% Higher in Earliest Responders to Twin Towers Collapse

Risk of COPD 30% Higher in Earliest Responders to Twin Towers Collapse

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Risk of COPD 30% Higher in Earliest Responders to Twin Towers Collapse

Twenty years after the collapse the World Trade Center, rescue workers and volunteers who assisted at the site in the two days that immediately followed face a 30% increased risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), researchers report. COPD in these first responders is often preceded by a diagnosis of asthma, with 40% of these people developing asthma-COPD overlap, or ACO, according to data presented at the 2021 ERS International Congress, held online Sept. 5–8. These…

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