Study: Respiratory symptoms and pulmonary function testing among residents near World Trade Center after 9/11

Reibman J, Lin S, Hwang S-AA, Gulati M, Bowers JA, Rogers L, Berger KI, Hoerning A, Gomez M, Fitzgerald EF. 2005. The World Trade Center Residents’ Respiratory Health Study: New-Onset Respiratory Symptoms and Pulmonary Function. Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP), 113 (4): 406-411. This was a study combining two types of epidemiological study designs (cross-sectional, and retrospective cohort). The study included 2812 residents who either lived closer to (exposed group) or farther from (control group) the former World Trade Center in New York City. Subjects were asked a symptom-based questionnaire and performed spirometry (respiratory or lung function) tests 12 +/- four months after 9/11/01. There were no statistically significant differences between the exposed group and control group with respect to lung function tests. New-onset respiratory symptoms and persistent (>two times per week) new-onset respiratory symptoms, including symptoms of asthma, were reported by about three times as many exposed group residents as control group residents. It must be noted, however, that potential exposures inside the home and outside near the home likely differ from those at work and/or in-transit to work. To read the abstract to this article, please go to: //ehp.niehs.nih.gov/docs/2004/7375/abstract.html NOTE: If your organization has on-line membership access, you can download the full paper from this website page as well.

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