PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y., March 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm that has spent many years fighting to ensure that the heroes and survivors of the September 11th terrorist attacks are never forgotten, comments on the findings of a new study published in the journal Frontiers in Public Health. Researchers found that being diagnosed with obstructive airway disease (OAD) following 9/11 exposure increased the risk of being diagnosed with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
The study, published February 8, 2017, is among the latest linking WTC-exposure to aerodigestive disorders, or conditions affecting the respiratory and digestive systems. The authors used data from 8,968 FDNY rescue and recovery workers exposed to 9/11. Researchers focused on diagnoses of OAD, CRS, and GERD between September 11, 2001 and September 10, 2011. Responders diagnosed with OAD were significantly more likely to be diagnosed with CRS and GERD later, the study found.
The study also found that being diagnosed with OAD partially helped to explain the relationship between WTC exposure, CRS, and GERD. "Further, 21 percent of the WTC exposure effect (high vs. low intensity) on GERD and 13 percent of the effect (high vs. low intensity) on CRS were mediated by a prior OAD diagnosis," the authors stated.
Parker Waichman comments that this is one of many studies highlighting the importance of the Zadroga Act and its benefits. "As time goes on, studies continue to show that 9/11 responders and survivors have higher rates of certain medical conditions, including various aerodigestive disorders," said Keith Gitman, Managing Attorney at Parker Waichman. "The firm continues to reiterate the importance of the WTC Health Program and the VCF. Because of their sacrifices, many 9/11 heroes are now diagnosed with WTC-related conditions."
Responders, rescue workers, residents, and many other individuals were exposed to the toxic dust cloud when the Twin Towers collapsed. Exposure to the WTC-site is associated with various health conditions, including cancer, aerodigestive disorders, and mental health conditions.
Parker Waichman emphasizes the importance of the VCF and the WTC Health Program and is proud to have fought alongside Ground Zero residents, workers, first responders, and other survivors and advocates, to help ensure passage of Zadroga Act amendments. The firm vows to continue its efforts to safeguard all those who were exposed to Ground Zero's toxic cloud and the trauma of the attacks, and ensure that all of the deserved Zadroga Act compensation is received. To determine eligibility for compensation under the Act, or for assistance with a claim, please visit Parker Waichman's website or call 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).
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