Posts Tagged ‘WTC’

9/11 first responders, workers continue to fall ill as 12th anniversary of tragedy is marked

11 Sep 2013 by under Events, Legal, News, People

firefighters at WTC site 100x100 9/11 first responders, workers continue to fall ill as 12th anniversary of tragedy is markedToday Americans pause to remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001, when terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City, and the Pentagon in , D.C., along with a failed attempt that downed a jetliner in a field in Pennsylvania, changed our nation forever. But as we stop to think of those who lost their lives on that day, the lingering effects of toxic debris at Ground Zero in New York continue to plague first responders and workers who cleared the debris. Many others also were exposed to toxins at the Pentagon and the plane crash site. (more…)


Memorial service today for Dr. Stephen Levin, advocate for 9/11 worker health

21 Feb 2012 by under Events, News, People, Research/Treatment

stephen m levin md 100x100 Memorial service today for Dr. Stephen Levin, advocate for 9/11 worker healthA memorial service is set for today, Feb. 21, 2012, for Dr. Stephen Levin, who was instrumental in addressing the needs of and other workers whose health was negatively affected during the events of 9/11. Dr. Levin passed away Feb. 7 at age 70 at his home in Uppper Grandview, . The memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. ET at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Stern Auditorium, 1468 Madison Avenue at East 100th Street, , NY. (more…)


People exposed to toxins at WTC site during 9/11 call for cancer coverage

10 Sep 2011 by under Legal, News

firefighters at WTC site 100x100 People exposed to toxins at WTC site during 9/11 call for cancer coverageIn the wake of several new studies that indicate an increased risk of cancer among firefighters and others exposed to toxins at the World Trade Center site during 9/11, there is an outcry to include cancer among the conditions eligible for coverage by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. (more…)


Study reveals persistent, significant reduction in lung function for 9/11 responders, workers

8 Apr 2010 by under Events, Legal, News, Research/Treatment

firefighters at WTC site 100x100 Study reveals persistent, significant reduction in lung function for 9/11 responders, workersA study published today in The New England Journal of Medicine reveals that Fire Department of New York () firefighters and emergency medical services (EMS) workers who responded to the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center have suffered significant, persistent declines in lung functions. According to the report, exposure to World Trade Center dust created when the towers collapsed led to “large declines” in lung functions for FDNY rescue workers during the first year, and that “the declines were persistent, without recovery over the next 6 years, leaving a substantial proportion of workers with abnormal lung function.”

The study included 12,781 workers who were present at the WTC site between Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 24, 2001, which is 91.6 percent of the workers that were present. The report notes that the event exposed the workers – as well as those living and working in the surrounding area – to a dense cloud of pulverized building materials and chemical byproducts, including pulverized glass and cement, insulation fibers including asbestos, and toxic chemicals.

According to a report in The New York Times that summarizes the study findings, this is the first study to document long-term harm in a large group of firefighters and emergency medical workers who worked at . All of the subjects of the study had had previous lung function tests, providing a baseline for the study.

The study was authored by Dr. David J. Prezant, chief medical officer in the Office of Medical Affairs at the New York City Fire Department. The study was approved by the institutional review board at Montefiore Medical Center.

Results of the study revealed that firefighters, who had heavier exposure to dust by the nature of their work had greater first-year declines than EMS personnel, especially for firefighters who were present in the morning on 9/11, when the dust cloud was most intense after the buildings fell. However, researchers noted they were surprised to see “little or no recovery of average lung function during the 6-year follow-up period.” In fact, they noted continued decline in lung function among the study groups.

Normally, the study notes, “smoke inhalation during firefighting causes relatively mild and reversible respiratory impairment.” Additionally, according to the report, long-term effects of firefighting on pulmonary function also are normally mild.

The average loss of lung function for 9/11 rescue workers is about 10 percent. Most of the loss occurred within the first year after 9/11 exposure, with little or no subsequent recovery.

Thousands of workers injured at Ground Zero have been fighting for compensation from the City of New York. Last month about 10,000 plaintiffs reached a settlement agreement totaling $657.5 million, but a judge rejected the settlement shortly afterward, saying it did not provide enough compensation for the plaintiffs. The matter is now back in negotiations, and a new hearing is set for Monday, according to the Times.