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Studies Link 9/11 Dust Exposure to Sleep Apnea, PTSD

First responders who were exposed to particulate matter during and after 9/11 at Ground Zero may be at higher risk for sleep apnea and post-traumatic stress disorder, according to two new studies.

Both studies, conducted by researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital, involved the same group of more than 800 first responders exposed to various levels of exposure to toxic dust at Ground Zero during and after 9/11. Those with high exposure were found to have an increased risk of PTSD and developing sleep apnea. Both conditions may contribute to cardiovascular disease as well. Researchers said they plan to monitor 9/11 first responders for heart disease and any warning signs of these conditions.

Source: Safety and Health Magazine