Health and 9/11


I’ve been working on an entirely different post for 9/11, which I still hope to do later, but it might not be finished today. I’ve also been collecting links about some of the initiatives going on in preparation for this day and its memories. I’m going to share some of those here, in case folks haven’t seen them yet.

Videos (New)

NY Times: Health Hazards of 9/11:

Voice of America: NYC 9/11 Rescuers Experience Lingering Health Problems:

Scholarly Literature

Lancet has a utterly rich special issue on health issues and research related to the 9/11 events. Browse the entire issue, but here is one particular article from the issue which I’ve selected.

Mauer MP. 9/11: The View Ahead. The Lancet, Volume 378, Issue 9794, Pages 852 – 854, 3 September 2011 doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(11)61310-X
http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(11)61310-X/fulltext

Lancet, of course, is not the only journal publishing articles on what’s happening a decade later. There are many many additional recent articles. A few highlights:

Thorpe LE, Friedman S. Health Consequences of the World Trade Center Disaster, A 10th Anniversary Perspective. JAMA Published online September 8, 2011. doi: 10.1001/jama.2011.1289. http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/early/2011/09/06/jama.2011.1289.short?rss=1

Here are a few places to browse for more.

JOEM Bibliography of Articles Related to the Events of September 11, 2001. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine. September 2011 53(9):958–960. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31822ffd7d. NOTE: Restricted Access. http://journals.lww.com/joem/Citation/2011/09000/JOEM_Bibliography_of_Articles_Related_to_the.3.aspx

Google Scholar: “world trade center” ~health

Pubmed: (“world trade center”[All Fields] OR “September 11″[All Fields]) AND (events[All Fields] OR attacks[All Fields] OR (“disasters”[MeSH Terms] OR “disasters”[All Fields] OR “disaster”[All Fields]) OR (“Crisis”[Journal] OR “crisis”[All Fields]) OR (“terrorism”[MeSH Terms] OR “terrorism”[All Fields]) OR terrorist[All Fields])

World Trade Center Health Programs

There are a number of programs tracking the health of both workers and the public who were exposed to the disaster. This includes registries as well as monitoring and treatment programs at both the national and local level.

CDC: World Trade Center: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/wtc/

New York City: World Trade Center: Registry: http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/wtc/html/registry/registry.shtml

Mount Sinai: World Trade Center Monitoring & Treatment Program: http://www.mountsinai.org/patient-care/service-areas/community-medicine/areas-of-care/wtc-medical-monitoring-and-treatment-program

James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act

Signed into law this past January, this long overdue legislation offers some hope of support and remedy to especially workers who suffer from the long terms effects of exposure during the crisis.

Original Bill: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.847:

Open Congress Public Information: http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h847/show

Justice Department & Current Status: http://www.justice.gov/civil/common/vcf.html

9/11 Health Controversy

However, there is quite a bit of controversy related to the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, mostly focusing on the failure of the Act to include compensation and support for 9/11 workers who have later developed cancer. The current official thought is that the cancers are unrelated to the disaster exposures. The leading voice for the alternative view seems to be Representative Carolyn Maloney. You can find many updates on this topic at her site.

Carolyn Maloney: http://maloney.house.gov/

Here are more voices on the cancer link debate.

9/11 Health Czar Says Science Fails To Link Cancer To Ground Zero Toxins: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/26/911-health-czar-cancer-link_n_909931.html

MedlinePlus: 9/11 firefighters have higher cancer risk: study: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_116058.html

New York Post: ‘9/11 cancer’ link, FDNY’s study in clash with feds: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/cancer_link_aQZWSn8kupF8d0v48grTvO

Zeig-Owens R et al. Early assessment of cancer outcomes in New York City firefighters after the 9/11 attacks: an observational cohort study. The Lancet 378(9794):898-905, 3 September 2011. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(11)60989-6. http://www.lancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(11)60989-6/abstract

Very important to this dialog is the creation of an expert panel to review the level of evidence available on the topic.

World Trade Center Health Program scientific review panel named: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/09/20110908c.html

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