Category Archives: Health Issues

Court officer with rare 9/11 cancer helped by clinical trial of new drug

Bart Zagami, 61, a New York State Supreme Court officer, was diagnosed in 2010 with stage 4 marginal zone lymphoma. Few treatments for the blood disease exist, reported Jamie Reno in Healthline. Zagami became allergic to his last drug option. Doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center suggested an experimental treatment with a drug called ibrutinib, which causes […]

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In the wind: Experts say thousands of Downtowners affected by toxic 9/11 dust still missing from Zadroga Act rolls

Kimberly Flynn of the  9/11 Environmental Action group is raising awareness among Lower Manhattan residents and residents of downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, and DUMBO that they may be eligible for healthcare under the Zadroga Act, as their illnesses could be caused by toxins from the World Trade Center site. Dennis Lynch writes in the Downtown Express that many people who were harmed […]

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Retired NYPD cop who says he got cancer during 9/11 fallout pushes for disability pension after two-time denial from pension fund

Francisco Velez, a retired NYPD lieutenant suffering from throat cancer, is trying for a third time to persuade officials to grant him a disability pension. NYC’s Police Pension Fund has twice denied Velez a pension while the NYPD’s Medical Board has approved him for a pension three times reports Graham Rayman in the New York Daily News. The Pension […]

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