Sumary of Autoimmune diseases may be rising for 9/11 survivors. But the government hasn't acknowledged a link.:
- Health (NIOSH), said in a statement that previous petitions to add autoimmune diseases to the list of covered conditions have not met the “threshold of being substantially likely to be causally associated with 9/11 exposures.
- And compared to the extensive research on cancer, less is known about potential external causes of autoimmune diseases, said James Cone, medical director of the World Trade Center Health Registry at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
- “We really have very few good toxicologic studies that could be used to evaluate the biological plausibility of something like World Trade Center exposure and subsequent immune diseases,” he said.
- “In 2019, Cone was one of the authors of a study based on World Trade Center Health Registry participants that found responders with intense exposure to the toxic dust were almost twice as likely to develop a systemic autoimmune disease.
- One study calculated that, for each month worked at the World Trade Center after 9/11, the odds of developing a systemic autoimmune disease increased by 13 percent.
- A collection of 9/11 memorial challenge coins hang on a wall of Jennifer Waddleton’s homeSaul Martinez for NBC NewsThe 2019 study also examined a connection between autoimmune diseases and PTSD, one of the most common post 9/11 mental health diagnoses, which has been associated with autoimmunity in several studies.
- On a disease by disease basis, researchers are less likely to find statistically significant case numbers, according to a Thursday presentation by FDNY’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David Prezant.
- “But when you add them all together, there is an excess number of cases in the World Trade Center-exposed group.