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Autoimmune Study for Sick 9/11 First Responders

The World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program is reviewing a study to be published in a forthcoming issue of the American College of Rheumatology’s Journal, Arthritis & Rheumatology, and currently available online, regarding the risk of new-onset autoimmune disease in individuals with exposures related to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center.  The  authors conclude that prolonged WTC-site work post-9/11 (more than 2 months) may be an important predictor of systemic autoimmune disease. Depending on the results of this and on-going studies, there may be evidence to add new conditions to the list of WTC-related health conditions covered for treatment within the WTC health program, as well as compensation from the Zadroga Victim Compensation Fund.

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