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Study Sees Link Between Mild TBI and PTSD in Emergency Responders

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published in the Journal of Neurotrauma has “identified risk factors for the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), making it possible to screen for PTSD symptoms among at-risk populations,” according to the website MedicalXpress. An important aspect […]

FDNY Mourns Tenth Firefighter Lost to 9/11 Cancer in 2017

On April 8, more than 50 firefighters stood outside Ladder 43’s firehouse in Spanish Harlem to salute a passing hearse, carrying the remains of retired firefighter James Lanza, who succumbed to brain cancer stemming from his service at Ground Zero. Jimmy Lanza, 71, of Woodside, Queens, was the tenth FDNY veteran to die from a […]

New Jersey Honors State Trooper Who Died from 9/11-related Illness

Last December, flags in New Jersey flew at half-staff to honor the memory of State Trooper Lt. William Fearon, who died at the age of 49 from illness related to toxic exposure at Ground Zero. For weeks after the towers collapsed, Fearon searched for survivors; on and off for the next two years, the trooper […]

Researcher Compares Health Consequences of 9/11 Attacks to Those of Nuclear Accidents at Fukushima and Chernobyl

Last September, at the New York Academy of Medicine, Dr. Roberto Lucchini of the World Trade Center Health Program at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City presented highlights from a not-yet-published paper he and his collaborators hope can guide future responses to large disasters. According to Newsweek, “[Lucchini] stated that the dangerous health consequences […]

Cancer and PTSD Plague 9/11 Rescue Workers

Writing for Next Avenue, author and caregiving expert Sherri Snelling brings up a frustrating irony related to 9/11 rescue workers: although they are experiencing a higher-than-normal rate of cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder due to their work at Ground Zero, many do not associate their illnesses with their rescue and recovery work on “the pile.” […]

Did Toxic WTC Dust Lead to Smaller Babies?

National Geographic recently reported on a study published in the fall 2016 issue of the Journal of Human Resources that revealed a disturbing, but fairly predictable, correlation between exposure to the 9/11 toxic cloud in the early stages of a pregnancy and the baby’s subsequent low birth weight. As researchers Hannes Schwandt and Janet Currie […]

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 […]

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