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  • New Treatment Shrinks Lung Tumors Related to Ground Zero Exposure

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    New Treatment Shrinks Lung Tumors Related to Ground Zero Exposure

    By Michael Barasch

    Victims of lung cancer stemming from inhaled or ingested toxic substances near the World Trade Center site might find hope in a treatment developed at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. In a clinical trial, a new type of immunotherapy was shown to reduce the size of tumors and cut the levels of cancer in the […]

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  • Firefighter Urges Fellow 9/11 Responders to Get Key Medical Tests

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    Firefighter Urges Fellow 9/11 Responders to Get Key Medical Tests

    By Michael Barasch

    If you were a first responder, construction worker or anyone who was in the World Trade Center area in the aftermath of the September 11 attack, firefighter Steven “Bubba” Pascale has an important message for you: Get checked. During a CT scan of his lungs, doctors identified a large tumor on his right kidney. A […]

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  • Heart Risk Factors Might Indicate Lung Problems in 9/11 Responders

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    Heart Risk Factors Might Indicate Lung Problems in 9/11 Responders

    By Michael Barasch

    Firefighters and others who were exposed to dangerous particulate matter at the World Trade Center site should also be aware that certain medical conditions associated with heart disease, such as abdominal obesity and high blood pressure, can increase the likelihood of developing lung problems. What doctors call “metabolic syndrome” has long been associated with an […]

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  • Even After 17 Years, 911 First Responders Still Suffer

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    Even After 17 Years, 9/11 First Responders Still Suffer

    By Michael Barasch

    This September marked the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. After so long, you’d think we’d have given the first responders who heroically rushed to the scene the support they need and deserve. Yet many of these heroes continue to suffer serious health problems, in part because they have not received the care necessary […]

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

    By Michael Barasch

    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 […]

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