Category Archives: Health Issues

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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Hazardous 9/11 dust made newborn babies smaller

A new study published in the fall 2016 issue of the Journal of Human Resources has found that the dust emanating from the collapse of the World Trade Center probably contributed to negative birth outcomes for women in Lower Manhattan, reported Erika Beras in National Geographic. The study isolated lower Manhattan birth records from the 1.2 million NYC births from 1994 to […]

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