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Michael Barasch Comments on “Veteran officers battling 9/11-related illnesses from cancer to PTSD” Article

Sixteen years after the 9/11 terror attacks on our country, the death toll continues to rise. There is no longer any question that exposure to 9/11 toxins created a health crisis among first responders, as well as among residents, students and workers who were exposed. But those who are suffering from 9/11-related illnesses have not Read More

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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 Read More

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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.” Read More

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

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 scientific evidence is there, they must continue to recognize new injuries.” Read Read More

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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 Read More

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IAFF Warns of the Growing Number of PTSD and Cancer Diagnoses Among Firefighters and EMT’s

Attorney Mike Barasch, whose NYC law firm Barasch & McGarry represents more 9/11 victims than any other firm in the country, commented on the IAFF report that warns of the growing number of PTSD and Cancer diagnoses among firefighters and EMT’s. “The IAFF study shines a light on health problems that we have long suspected. Read More

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Dropping the “Disorder” in Post-Traumatic Stress

Many 9/11 responders have suffered from PTSD in the days, months and years after the attacks. But if certain people in Washington have their way, the diagnosis might change to PTS. According to the Washington Post, a movement is afoot in the nation’s capital to change the way politicians and veterans’ advocates talk about post-traumatic Read More

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Study Finds Health Effects Linger for 9/11 Emergency Workers

It has been nearly 14 years since the infamous terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011. However, the devastating impact of those attacks continues for many first responders who were on the scene in the days and weeks that followed 9/11. These emergency workers have been plagued by both physical and mental health problems, many of Read More

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More Evidence of Long-Term Illness in 9-11 EMS Responders

According to a study published in the journal, Occupational & Environmental Medicine, when tracked over 12 years following the attacks, EMS 9/11 responders were seven times more likely to have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than EMS workers who didn’t work that day. And the risk of obstructive airway disease was more than doubled in EMS Read More

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Court Rules 9/11 First Responder Can Keep PTSD Workers’ Comp Benefits

A New York appellate court recently ruled that a New York police officer will be allowed to keep workers’ compensation benefits he was awarded for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder from working as a responder after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. At the time of the attacks, the officer, Richard Regan, was sent for six days Read More

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