Study: World Trade Center rescuers suffered 12 years' worth of lung loss
By Liz Szabo
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Working amid the rubble of the World Trade Center may have aged the lungs of firefighters and rescue workers by an average of 12 years, a new study shows.
"It's pretty shocking," says John Balmes, a professor of medicine at the University of California at San Francisco who reviewed the research, published today in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, but was not involved in writing it. "They got 12 years' worth of loss in one year."