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Every state has people suffering from 9/11 illnesses

Originally published at The NY Daily News by Thomas Tracy on 7/20/15

It’s no longer just New York’s problem.

Every state in the nation now has someone suffering from cancer or other illnesses related to the 9/11 terror attacks, the Daily News has learned.

Those receiving aid from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund vary from just a handful in states like Wyoming, Utah and Alaska to several dozen in North Carolina, sources said.

The numbers increase drastically as one gets closer to New York.…

Jon Stewart Wanted Names Of 9/11 Bill Opponents. Here They Are.

WASHINGTON — With the health treatment program for 9/11 responders set to expire this fall and Congress moving slowly to reauthorize it, Jon Stewart demanded to know on his show Wednesday night who is responsible for all that “bullshit.”

It turns out, there’s an app for that.

A 9/11 advocacy group, Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act, rolled out a website Thursday that lets people look up any member of Congress and find out where they stand on the new Zadroga Act as well as what they’ve said about 9/11 in the past.…

Zadroga fund payouts to 9/11 responders gain speed

Originally published at Newsday by Ridgely Ochs on 12/27/14

Nell McCarthy, the deputy special master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, pointed to two boxes. One contained files about 2 inches thick; the other, a file about 2 feet thick.

That, she said in the fund’s nondescript Washington, D.C., offices, showed the range of differences among claims filed by 9/11 responders.

The thinner file was submitted online by a former first responder in law enforcement who had hired an experienced lawyer.…

Interoperable Communications Show Dramatic Improvement Since 9/11, But Problems Remain

10 Years after 9/11 Commission Recommended it, FCC Finds Funds for National First Responder Communications Network

Originally published at AllGov by Noel  Brinkerhoff on  11/21/14

A decade after the 9/11 Commission suggested creating a unified communications network for first responders to use during emergencies, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has finally collected enough money to move forward.

The commission recommended that the federal government create a way for police and firefighters from different jurisdictions to communicate with each other in a crisis—something they couldn’t do during the response to the 9/11 attacks.…

Lawyers ‘overbilled’ for 9/11 settlements of sick workers

Originally published at The NY Post by Isabel Vincent, Melissa Klein and Susan Edelman on 11/16/14

In a greedy grab for blood money, a law firm representing sick and dying Ground Zero workers overbilled its legal partner by $36 million in expenses, newly released court papers allege.

The shocking charges call into question the estimated $50 million in additional legal expenses billed to 10,000 firefighters, police officers, construction workers and others who received more than $700 million in settlements for 9/11-related ailments.…

9/11 First Responder: ‘Invisible Diseases’ Are Killing Us

Originally published at Here & Now by Jeremey Hobson on 9/10/14

Thirteen years after the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York City, thousands of first responders continue to struggle with health problems, some which are just being diagnosed.

Respiratory illnesses like asthma and sinusitis are common among those who participated in the World Trade Center recovery efforts. And studies show that the incidence of cancers for 9/11 first responders are 15 percent higher than the general population.Thyroid cancer was 239 percent higher.…

9/11 Dust Cloud Likely Caused Widespread Pregnancy Complications

Originally published at Time by Sam Frizell on 8/13/14

The dust from the Twin Towers’ collapse caused negative birth outcomes for mothers living near the World Trade Center, researchers say

Expecting mothers who lived near the World Trade Center when the twin towers fell on September 11, 2001 were more likely to give birth prematurely and have babies with low birth weights, according to new research.

The massive dust cloud that enveloped Lower Manhattan after the collapse of the Twin Towers was a highly toxic environmental hazard that consisted of asbestos, cement, gypsum, glass fibers, lead and other metals and was highly alkaline.…

9/11 Museum exhibit casts doubt on link between health problems and toxic Ground Zero air

Originally published by the New York Daily News by Dan Friedman on 8/10/14

Committees representing 9/11 survivors and first responders are demanding the museum rewrite three of the panels in the ‘After 9/11’ exhibit because they say they contain inaccurate information about the connection between exposure to toxic dust and widespread health issues.

WASHINGTON — The government has recognized that first responders became ill from working near Ground Zero — but the 9/11 Museum isn’t so sure.…

Number Of Ground Zero Cancer Cases Skyrocketing

Image of WTC Towers smoldering after plane impactsNEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There has been a dramatic increase in the number of 9/11 rescuers and responders with cancer in the past year, according to a published report.

The New York Post says that Mount Sinai Hospital’s World Trade Center Health Program reported 1,140 cancer cases last year. Now the number is up to more than 2,500.

Among the cancers being diagnosed at a much higher rate than the general population: prostate cancer, thyroid cancer, leukemia and multiple myeloma.…

Research Update on Health Impacts of Dust from 9/11 Aftermath

Originally published by Erin Billups at NY1 on April 8, 2014

Last month, NY1 told viewers about another link discovered between the toxic dust many were exposed to in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks and a higher risk of heart disease, and now, the doctor heading up the research is going into more detail. NY1’s Erin Billups filed the following report.

We’ve known for years that the toxic dust inhaled by first responders to the September 11th attacks could lead to lung, heart and kidney problems, but new research out from Mount Sinai Hospital’s World Trade Center Health Program finds that those with the highest exposures are more likely to suffer from sleep apnea.

The Journal of 9/11 Studies Shares Letters for the 11th Anniversary

 

September 8, 2012
by Kevin Ryan and Graeme MacQueen, co-editors
Journal of 9/11 Studies

For the 11th anniversary of September 11, the Journal of 9/11 Studies would like to share a series of letters from thoughtful people who have reflected on the tragic events of that day. Five letters were published today, from the following individuals.

Lorie Van Auken is a founding member of the 9/11 Family Steering Committee. Without her dedication there would never have been a 9/11 Commission investigation.…

Can Americans Escape the Deception?

July 5, 2012
by Paul Craig Roberts
PaulCraigRoberts.org

Hot Air Day is upon us. On July 4 hot air will spew forth all over the country as dignitaries deliver homilies to our “freedom and democracy” and praise “our brave troops” who are protecting our freedom by “killing them over there before they come over here.”

Not a single one of these speeches will contain one word of truth. No speaker will lament the death of the US Constitution or urge his audience to action to restore the only document that protects their liberty.…

Sept. 11 Health Fund Given Clearance to Cover Cancer

By Anemona Hartocollis
NYTimes.com

A federal health official’s ruling has cleared the way for 50 different types of cancer to be added to the list of sicknesses covered by a $4.3 billion fund set up to compensate and treat people exposed to the toxic smoke, dust and fumes in the months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The decision, released on Friday, came as a vindication for hundreds and perhaps thousands of people who have claimed — often in the face of resistance from public health officials — that their cancers were caused by their exposure to the dust cloud and debris thrown up by the attacks.…

Cancer Rates Triple Among 9/11 First Responders

By Erica Chang
IBTimes

A recent study has revealed that 297 of the 12,000 police officers who first responded to the 9/11 attacks have been diagnosed with cancer, triple the rate before the tragedy according to the Huffington Post . The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) released figures that show that the cancer rate among NYPD officers has increased from six per year before the attacks to 16 per year after the attacks.

Furthermore, the average age at which officers were diagnosed with cancer is 44, with lung cancer being the most common diagnosis.…

Ten Years On, Sick Ground Zero Workers Still Without Proper Care

by Michelle Chen
In These Times

Photo of First responders at Ground Zero

Photo Credit: Roberto Schmidt, AFP / Getty Images at In These Times)

 

This weekend, the public will mourn a site of loss, recasting the painful memories and haunting fears that still hover over the aftermath at Ground Zero. But the people who worked and breathed that tragedy in the days and months following September 11 won’t be at the primary commemoration ceremony for the families of victims. The Mayor’s decision to limit the attendees by excluding the 9/11 first responders is an unnerving metaphor for an unhealed scar of 9/11.…

First responders decry exclusion from 9/11 ceremony

By Jeff Stein
August 30, 2011
CNN

New York (CNN) — When debris rained from the sky in lower Manhattan on September
11, 2001, the first responders to the terrorist attack did not turn away. They
rushed to the World Trade Center buildings while the world around them crumbled.

Yet now, after all the wreckage has been cleared and the rebuilding has begun,
their path is again blocked — not by flying chunks of smoldering rubble, but
by space constraints.…

City snubs finest: Victims’ kin, pols invited but ‘no room’ for first responders at 9/11 anniversary

August 13th 2011
By Alison Gendar
NYDaily News Washington Bureau

9/11 Reflecting PoolWASHINGTON – The cops, firefighters and rescue workers who toiled at Ground
Zero will not be invited to take part in the 10th anniversary ceremony, a city
official told the Daily News Friday.

First responders will instead be asked back to the site at another day for
a separate commemorative ceremony, city officials said.

Space and security logistics were at the heart of the decision, those involved
said.…

9/11 first responders outraged over exclusion of cancer from Zadroga health act

By Jonathan Lemire
DAILY NEWS CITY HALL BUREAU
Wednesday, July 27th 2011
New York Daily News


Image: Retired Firefighter Kenneth Specht said the exclusion of cancer as a disease covered by the Zadroga health act was “absolutely unacceptable”. (Photo credit: Elisa Miller for News)

They sacrificed their bodies – and in some cases, their lives – for their noble
work at Ground Zero, and now they and their loved ones feel abandoned.

Scores of first responders believe they contracted cancer due to the time they
spent at the toxic World Trade Center site and are outraged the disease is being
excluded from the new James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.…

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