Newly released research, by the NYU School of Medicine, suggests residents and workers exposed to dust and fumes during the collapse of the World Trade Center site on 9/11, suffer from persistent, sometimes severe headaches.
The people caught in the initial dust following the attacks on 9/11 were more likely to report headaches seven years later than those not caught in the dust. The study findings suggest higher exposure to dust and fumes maybe associated with a higher risk of developing severe headaches.
The researchers found those who suffered from headaches also experienced wheezing, reflux disease and sinus congestion.
Research conducted immediately following the 9/11 attacks found headaches were prevalent in those leaving and working near the World Trade Center. However, the new study is the first to examine the frequency of headaches over an extended period of time.
"More research needs to be done on the possible long-term effects of exposure to gasses and dust when the World Trade Center fell," study author Sara Crystal, M.D., of the New York University School of Medicine, was quoted as saying. "We also need additional studies to understand the relationship between headaches, other physical symptoms and mental health issues."
The full study will be released at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting in Toronto in April.