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Study Shows 9/11 Firefighters at Greater Risk of Thyroid and Prostate Cancer

Lowers Manhattan Skyline and the Towers Of Lights at Night A recent study in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine finds that firefighters who participated in rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero following the 9/11 terror attacks have an elevated risk of prostate and thyroid cancer compared to other firefighters in other large cities. […]

The Long-term Impact of 9/11 on New Yorkers’ Health Is Still Unclear

Even though it’s been more than 15 years since the terror attacks on the World Trade Center, it’s important to remember we are still in the “morning after” stage of what will be a long health ordeal. As former NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley stated in 2012, “Cancers take 20 years to develop…and we might […]

Ex-EPA Chief Whitman Apologizes for Post-9/11 Air Quality Error

In the lead-up to the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, Christine Todd Whitman, who headed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at the time, apologized for declaring the air in lower Manhattan safe to breathe just one week later. The New York Daily News quotes Ms. Whitman as saying, “I’m very sorry that people […]

Fifteen Years after 9/11, Responders Continue to Suffer and Cope

In September, the nation observed the 15th anniversary of the terror attacks on the World Trade Center. But while observance of the event is important, recognition of how responders and survivors continue to suffer is more important still. In its anniversary coverage, ABC News highlighted two responders, FDNY firefighter Ray Pfeifer and former NYPD detective […]

Medical Study Links Peripheral Neuropahty to WTC Toxins

Retired FDNY Lt. Rick Garcia in his Hauppauge home on Nov. 14, 2016. Lt. Garcia has developed a condition called neuropathy stemming from his work at the World Trade Center during 9-11. (Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara) Michael Barasch attended a press conference at Winthrop Hospital where Dr. Marc Wilkenfeld announced the results of […]

NYC Health Department Reports Consequences of 9/11 Worse than Predicted

Just two days prior to the 15th anniversary of the terror attacks on the World Trade Center, the New York City Health Department released a summary of five recent research articles on the long-term health impacts to rescue and recovery workers and civilian survivors enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Registry. The findings were […]

FDNY Chief Laid to Rest in Catholic Funeral 15 Years After 9/11 Attack

Battalion Chief Lawrence T. Stack was 58 when he died on Sept. 11, with nearly 33 years of fighting fires under his belt. Credit Heather Walsh for The New York Times An FDNY battalion chief, who served the department for 33 years before perishing heroically on 9/11, was finally able to have a Catholic funeral […]

Rescuing the Rescuers: The Effort to Cover and Monitor 9/11 Responders for Lung Disease and Cancer

Thousands of first responders and citizens developed cancer following the September 11 terror attacks. Michael Barasch commented on another medical study which has demonstrated a marked increase in Lung Disease and Cancers among first responders. Barasch said “Unfortunately, the WTC toxic dust had the same affect on local residents and workers as it had on […]

First study examines PTSD and cognitive impairment in World Trade Center responders

The impact of PTSD on cognitive ability is only now being charted. Mike Barash commented on the recent study linking the World Trade Center toxic dust to cognitive impairment. Barash said “I’m delighted to see that the World Trade Center health program and the Zadroga act are working as Congress intended them to. When the […]

PTSD in 9/11 Workers Linked to Higher Asthma Risk

Mike Barasch commented on the MEDPAGE TODAY study linking PTSD in 9/11 Workers to higher rates of asthma. “When you think about it, what could make someone more anxious than not being able to breathe?!, said Barasch whose law firm represents more sick people in the 9/11 Community than any other law firm in the […]

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