News & Updates


May 19, 2006 -- New York Times -- The Lung Specialist Who Answered the 9/11 Call
HE stashes the regulation firefighter's helmet issued by his employer, the Fire Department of the City of New York, at home because his wife "likes to look at it" and because, being a pulmonary specialist who fights fires in the lungs, not in the neighborhoods, he does his best work when he isn't wearing it. Continue reading

May 18, 2006 -- New York Times -- Mayor Urges Settlement of a Former Official’s 9/11 Claim
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has directed the city's lawyers to settle a workers' compensation claim brought by a former deputy mayor who complained that he has severe respiratory ailments as a result of the 9/11 attack, city officials said last night. Continue reading

May 16, 2006 -- New York Times -- Firefighters’ Lung Capacity Suffered After 9/11 Work
A new health study shows that the city's firefighters suffered a significant decline in their lung capacity after working at ground zero, but doctors say that in many cases, with proper treatment, the loss may be temporary. Continue reading

May 13, 2006 -- New York TImes -- Tracing Lung Ailments That Rose With 9/11 Dust
As they push their investigation into the health risks to workers in the recovery and cleanup operations at ground zero, medical detectives are focusing on a group of lung diseases that can lead to long-term disabilities and, in some cases, death. Continue reading

May 2, 2006 -- New York Times -- ‘Teachable’ 9/11 Moment Helped Smokers Quit
Starting a smoking-cessation program for New York City firefighters in the months after the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center might have seemed ill timed. But that is what the Fire Department did, and a study reports that it was a success. Continue reading

April 29, 2006 -- New York Times -- Anecdotal Findings Suggest 9/11 Dust Can Cause Illness
A doctor overseeing a federal effort to determine the health impact of exposure to ground zero dust said anecdotal evidence suggested that breathing in the smoke and ash that hung over the area after the towers' collapse could lead to illness. But he stopped short of coming to any firm conclusion, and said that a rigorous scientific study would be required. Continue reading

April 14, 2006 -- New York Times -- New Concerns About Razing of Bank Tower at Ground Zero
Demolition plans for the former Deutsche Bank building opposite ground zero have raised fresh concerns among the regulatory agencies reviewing the project, the federal Environmental Protection Agency said this week. Continue reading

April 14, 2006 -- New York Times -- Debate Revives as 9/11 Dust Is Called Fatal
In the cold, clinical language of the autopsy report of a retired New York City detective that was released this week, there were words that thousands of New Yorkers have come to anticipate and to fear. Continue reading

April 12, 2006 -- New York Times -- Metro Briefing | New York: Manhattan: Officer’s Death Linked To 9/11
The death of a retired New York detective in January was directly related to his work at ground zero on Sept. 11, 2001, and afterward, a medical examiner in New Jersey has concluded. The detective, James Zadroga, 34, who lived in New Jersey, died on Jan. 5 after years of health problems, said officials with his union, the Detectives' Endowment Association. Continue reading

March 1, 2006 -- New York Times -- E.P.A. to Get A Scolding On 9/11 Dust
The City Council is poised to reject the federal government's latest effort to clean thousands of apartments contaminated by dust from the collapse of the twin towers, calling the plan ''technically and scientifically flawed.'' Continue reading