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August 14, 2018
Three New York congressional representatives are asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate reports that scammers are posing as Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund staffers to get first responders' and survivors' personal information.
August 12, 2018
Nearly 10,000 people have suffered cancers linked to the toxic dust and smoke resulting from 9/11. With the 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks a month away, the federal World Trade Center Health Program has counted 9,795 first responders and other New Yorkers with cancer deemed 9/11-related.
August 11, 2018
The city is approaching a terrible milestone — nearly 10,000 people have suffered cancers linked to the toxic dust and smoke at Ground Zero, The Post has learned. With the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks a month away, the federal World Trade Center Health Program has counted 9,795 first responders, downtown workers, residents, students and others with cancer deemed 9/11-related.
August 9, 2018
The federal government has hired Eden Prairie-based Optum to operate a new clinic in Manhattan for survivors of the 9/11 attacks who have enrolled in an ongoing health program. The clinic, which is expected to open this month, will be run by the Optum business that already manages care across much of the country for people at risk for health issues connected to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
July 30, 2018
For some of those working in the New York City medical examiner’s office, the events of 9/​11 are relived constantly. It cannot be otherwise when their task, nearly 17 years after the attacks on the World Trade Center, is to put names to unidentified remains.
July 29, 2018
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut says he plans to introduce a resolution that calls for declassifying all remaining documents related to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The Democrat is scheduled to appear Monday at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford with survivors and families of the 9/11 victims.
July 25, 2018
The city’s medical examiner’s office identified Wednesday the remains of a victim who died at the World Trade Center on 9/11. Scott Michael Johnson, who was 26 when he perished, worked as a securities analyst at the office of the investment bank Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, which was located on the 89th floor of the south tower.
July 25, 2018
Mark Desire estimates that his team had tried to identify the bone half a dozen times over the past 17 years — ever since it was recovered amid the rubble of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. Each time, they came up short.
July 24, 2018
The death of retired White Plains Fire Lt. Clark Douglass brings another 9/11 loss for our communities. And sadly, there will be more to come. Douglass died on July 21. He was 53. Douglass had joined in the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero, one of about 60 White Plains firefighters who headed to the World Trade Center site to help their FDNY brethren.
July 21, 2018
Kelly Korchak was smart, observant and kind. Those qualities are part of what led to her desire to be a teacher — but when she repeatedly failed to find suitable work, she had to set her sights on something else.Her dad had some sage advice for her, as dads often do: Why not try taking the police exam and see where that led?
July 20, 2018
In the hours and days following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, thousands of people arrived at the crash sites to help in the response. It is estimated that more than 300 working dogs aided in the search, rescue, recovery or therapy work at Ground Zero.
July 11, 2018
A new study finds that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may increase the long-term risk for stroke and heart attack among many of those who helped clear debris after the World Trade Center attack in 2001.
July 10, 2018
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may increase the long-term risk for stroke and heart attack in blue-collar clean-up crews who worked in the aftermath of The World Trade Center plane attack on September 11, 2001, according to new research in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal.
July 9, 2018
The remaining wreckage of United Flight 93 has been buried near the Pennsylvania memorial marking where it crashed on 9/11. Four shipping containers holding the wreckage were buried in a private ceremony on June 21 in a restricted area accessible only to loved ones of the victims, the Flight 93 National Memorial said in a statement Monday.
July 8, 2018
John Vigiano Sr., a former Marine and decorated retired FDNY captain whose first responder sons lost their lives on 9/11, died Sunday after a battle with cancer, according to a family friend. He was 79.
June 27, 2018
A bipartisan effort by four members of New York’s Congressional delegation has helped scuttle a move by President Donald Trump’s administration to transfer a program handling critical health care issues for 9/11 first responders, according to Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford).
June 25, 2018
Over the past several years, more and more volunteers from the World Trade Center disaster have been diagnosed with cancer, linked to their exposure to the toxic smoke and fumes rising from the rubble. One of those people is Michael Dorian.
June 20, 2018
For all of us who remember the devastating attacks and the aftermath of September 11, 2001, last week’s opening of 3 World Trade Center is yet another sign of New York’s remarkable strength and resilience.
May 25, 2018
Thomas Wilson was a sergeant at the NYPD’s 90th Precinct, covering Williamsburg and Bushwick in Brooklyn, on Sept. 11, 2001. He helped shut down the Williamsburg Bridge as part of a virtual army of police, firefighters and others who answered the ultimate call to duty.
May 22, 2018
Lt. William Gleason was awake for six straight days following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, as he worked to rescue people from the rubble of the World Trade Center. As he worked, Gleason, then a member of the New York City Fire Department, did not know he was exposing himself to toxins that would affect his life forever.
April 26, 2018
Very few people grow up and get to do what they dreamt about as a kid. Matt Adamek is one of them. "My dad was a firefighter so technically we call it going into the family business, I became a firefighter and I loved it" explains Matt.
April 22, 2018
Three New York congressional representatives are asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate reports that scammers are posing as Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund staffers to get first responders' and survivors' personal information.
April 10, 2018
This study is important for WTC survivors and the feld of therapy at large. It provides a unique, Spanish-translated, cost-efective, mind-body therapy that helps many mental health and physical health issues.
April 2, 2018
We completed a study that looked at ways to cope with the impact of 9/11 and their recovery work in WTC responders. Learning more about which coping strategies are frequently used by WTC responders who are less distressed (feeling better) can help focus treatment for PTSD in the WTC population and lessen PTSD symptoms. It may also help guide future treatment for PTSD in rescue and recovery workers.
March 22, 2018
Regular self-care can increase our sense of well-being and prevent burnout among caretakers. Self-care is a crucial part of wellness, especially for people who take care of others in their home and/or work-life.
March 10, 2018
Getting enough good quality sleep is essential to your health and wellness. A good night’s rest can also help build your resilience. Resilience is a type of inner strength that helps you bounce back and push through a hard or stressful situation. To improve overall sleep, it is important to address poor sleep behaviors that make sleep worse and treat problems such as sleep apnea (when breathing stops and starts multiple times during your sleep), chronic rhinosinusitis (nasal infammation that may make breathing through your nose difcult) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
February 29, 2018
Here are two sample RR elicitation exercises. At first, most people find it helpful to practice these exercises in a quiet place, with minimal distractions. You can however use these exercises any time or any place to help cope with stress. You may spend as little or as much time on these exercises as you like. For optimal benefit, however, try to build up to practicing an RR exercise 10-20 minutes a day.
February 18, 2018
Evidence-based psychotherapies (EBPs), such as Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy, are generally the first-line interventions for PTSD. Unfortunately, many Veterans still have diagnosable PTSD following EBPs (Steenkamp, Litz, Hoge, & Marmar, 2015) or prefer to try other strategies (Markowitz et al., 2016).
February 14, 2018
PTSD is unique among mental health disorders in that sleep problems represent two of the diagnostic criteria of the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5); recurrent nightmares are part of the intrusion cluster of symptoms, and insomnia is a component of the arousal cluster.
February 13, 2018
Despite the rich history of group treatments for PTSD, there is a surprising lack of methodologically rigorous studies in this domain. We know that at one point, “rap groups” were seen to be the treatment of choice for Vietnam Veterans (Foy et al., 2000) and support groups still play a significant role in many agencies that serve trauma survivors, including Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) settings (Hundt, Robinson, Arney, Stanley, & Cully, 2015).
February 11, 2018
Telemental health technologies such as clinical video teleconferencing (CVT), web-based interventions, and mobile devices offer innovative mechanisms for delivering mental health services to trauma survivors. Only a small proportion of individuals in need of psychological care actually receive treatment and individual psychotherapy alone is not likely to be able to fully meet that need (Kazdin & Blase, 2011).
January 9, 2018
Shortly before he died, a New York State trooper hoped to perform one last act of service for his community. Mike Anson knew he was dying, but he wasn’t thinking about himself. He was worried about every first responder from 9/11. His message? “Don’t be afraid to go get some help.” Mike was there right after the towers fell, helping and breathing in those toxic fumes. For 15 years, he seemed fine. But then, aggressive cancer hit him.
January 9, 2018
A memorial stands in honor of those who perished in 9/11 but some even right here in the Capital Region are still fighting for their lives. Asthma and cancer are just some of the conditions the CDC reports that 9/11 first responders are plagued with today after breathing in dust and fumes from the debris there. Kevin Terry was part of a group from the Capital Region that headed to the city to help.
December 6, 2017
The World Trade Center Health Program (WTC Health Program) provides medical monitoring and treatment for responders to the WTC and related sites in New York City, Pentagon, and Shanksville, PA, and survivors who were in the 9/11 New York City disaster area.
September 20, 2017
On 9/11 this year, we mourned the deaths and celebrated the heroism of the 3,000 men and women who were killed by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001. One hundred one residents of Westchester County were killed in the attack; 11 Putnam residents; 44 Orange County residents, and 80 more in Rockland County.
September 11, 2017
Today marks 16 years since the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. On this day day of remembrance, we mourn for those lost in the attack and affirm our commitment to those living with 9/11 - related physical and mental health conditions.
July 17, 2017
First responders and survivors of the September 11 terrorist attack in New York City are suffering from an increased long-term risk of asthma, other respiratory diseases and heart attacks nearly 16 years after the tragic event. A new study conducted by researchers at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene shows those who were exposed to the dust cloud or suffered physical injuries during the attack are seeing increased problems 10 to 11 years later.
May 9, 2017
Sixty police officers died in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. In the 16 years since the terror attacks, 144 more officers have died from illnesses tied to Ground Zero search and recovery. Last year was the deadliest for the New York City Police Department, with 33 officers dying from 9/11-related illnesses.
September 7, 2016
When Placido Perez closes his eyes, he can still see the World Trade Center towers beneath him. On weekends, he would sometimes fly his red-and-white Cessna along the Hudson River, taking selfies with the towers in the background, stark against a cerulean sky. "I still look at the pictures all the time," he says. "I remember the good times. It's what gets you through." Perez also has pictures he took of the September 11, 2001, attacks. He was standing at the base of the towers that morning with a digital camera, not far from where he worked as a manager at a telecommunications company.
September 1, 2016
Researchers from the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program presented their findings on Wednesday about the effects of 9/11 on responders and survivors involved in the New York City attack. The WTC Health Program provides healthcare and monitoring for responders and survivors at the WTC, the Pentagon, and the crash site near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
September 1, 2016
After Mary Fetchet lost her 24-year-old son Brad during the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, the Licensed Clinical Social Worker vowed to do whatever it takes to help families heal after Tragedies.
August 1, 2016
On the 14th anniversary of 9/11, The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) in collaboration with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, released "Health and Hardship: Untold Stories from 9/11's Unsung Heroes." The report is a compilation of first-person accounts from 9/11 responders who recall their experiences and later managing their WTC-related health conditions.
October 25, 2015
Dennis Frederick is going to court to prove that a dog has saved his life. The retired Port Authority police sergeant became an emotional and physical wreck after a 22-year career that started with the shooting death of his first partner and ended on 9/11 at the World Trade Center.
October 23, 2015
Jon Stewart and 9/11 first responders, along with Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, may have finally convinced Congress to fund a health care bill for recovery crews who worked to rescue victims at Ground Zero after the nation was attacked.
October 9, 2015
NYPD cops who worked at Ground Zero after 9/11 had 50 percent more cancer diagnoses than officers did in the years before the terror attacks, a long-awaited study has found.
October 8, 2015
At 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 1, Congress missed an important deadline to reauthorize the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, and that, my friends, is totally unacceptable.
October 8, 2015
The James Zadroga Act was originally passed in 2010, and established the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.
October 8, 2015
A few weeks ago, we all recalled and relived the harrowing moments of 9/11 on its 14th anniversary.
October 6, 2015
Following September 11, two federal programs were implemented and funded to help first responders and survivors of the attacks with their medical bills associated with the toxic dust they were exposed to.
October 6, 2015
Last month was the 14-year-anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.
October 5, 2015
None of us will ever forget the horrors of the awful terrorist attack that hit New York and Washington, D.C. on September 11th, 2001.
October 4, 2015
James Zadroga died in his childhood home on Jan. 6, 2006, with a chest full of deep scars and dust. He was 34.
August 9, 2015
The rising toll of Ground Zero responders and others afflicted with 9/11-linked cancers has hit 3,700. The staggering tally of those suffering cancers certified by the feds as 9/11-related includes FDNY members (1,100), cops and other Ground Zero responders (2,134), and survivors such as downtown workers and residents (467). Many have more than one type of cancer.
May 30, 2015
May 30 marks the anniversary of the end of the recovery and cleanup operations at the World Trade Center site when the last piece of debris - a misshapen steel column - was cleared in 2002. Thirteen years later, workers, volunteers and survivors can't clear their bodies of the toxic effects of 9/11.
April 27, 2015
The 18th annual Morganton Elk's Lodge Harley Raffle is being dedicated to a man who is not only last year's winner, but an American hero who encouraged people to "never forget" the heroes of 9/11. Ralph Geidel, who won a 2014 Harley-Davidson Super Glide Custom motorcycle at last year's raffle banquet, moved to Connelly Springs in April of last year to be closer to his son and grandchildren.
April 26, 2015
FDNY Chief Joseph Pfeifer has honored lives lost on 9/11, including his own brother's, by devoting his career since then to thwarting terrorists. "9/11 is part of history that is personal to every firefighter," he said. "It's about saving lives - no matter what occurs." Pfeifer was investigating a gas leak near Canal St. when the first hijacked jetliner roared overhead on that fateful morning. He watched it slam into the north tower.
April 26, 2015
As FDNY first responders come down with 9/11-related illnesses at an ever-quickening rate, one survivor battling stage-four cancer still calls it the best job in the world. And he's thrilled his son is following in his footsteps. "It was exciting from day one up to the last day I worked, every single minute," retired firefighter Ray Pfeifer told the Daily News. "I was proud every day to put that uniform on."
April 13, 2015
Today, advocates for 9/11 first responders and survivors released a deeply moving new video featuring Americans who are suffering from 9/11-related illnesses and need help from Washington. The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which was signed into law in 2011, will expire unless Congress takes action now to renew it.
April 4, 2015
After nearly a decade long fight to stand by our first responders who answered the call of duty on September 11th, Congress finally fulfilled its moral obligation in late 2010 and provided our 9/11 heroes with the health care and financial compensation they deserved by passing the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
October 7, 2014
September 11th responders and survivors who were diagnosed with certain cancers prior to October 12, 2012 must register for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund by October 14, 2014 or become ineligible for the program's benefits.
August 12, 2014
Just one month remains for first responders and volunteers who helped in 9/11 recovery efforts to register for future workers' compensation benefits with the state should they fall ill.
April 23, 2013
A major health study of 9/11 responders has found an increased risk of cancer, mirroring two prior investigations.
April 22, 2013
Cancer among 9/11 responders is 15% higher than among people not exposed to the Ground Zero toxins, a study by Mount Sinai Hospital's World Trade Center Health Program has found.

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