Zadroga 9/11 Health Bill Revived

The House of Representatives recently voted against a bill which would have provided $7.4 billion in health care funds to first responders of the attacks of September 11, 2001. The bill has now been presented to the House for a second time. The Zadroga 9/11 Health Bill was named after a New York Police Department detective who died of respiratory disease following response. The backers of this bill include Democrat Representatives Jerrold Nadler and Carolyn Maloney from Manhattan. If passed, the money will go to police officers, medics, and firefighters who responded to the 9/11 attacks in an attempt to save both lives and property. Additional groups, such as the FeelGood Foundation, as well as survivors have appealed to Congress to pass the bill. As stated, the goal of the Zadroga 9/11 Healh Bill is to supply funds to those who required health care following their urgent first response to the 9/11 attacks. There were approximately 4,000 of these first responders who acted during the first hours after the attacks and experienced toxic smoke and dust inhalation. As many as 70% of those heroic first responders have been diagnosed with various respiratory illnesses. In a research study that was released by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, firefighters who responded to the attacks were four times as likely to develop lung conditions and emergency medics were shown to be twice as likely to develop abnormally functioning lungs. These health conditions, particularly in the lungs and the gastro-esophageal area, continue to be diagnosed today, more than nine years after the World Trade Center attacks. The New England Journal of Medicine published a study shortly after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center which studied approximately 91% of the first responders on the scene. Mesothelioma, an extremely aggressive form of malignant cancer, is known to be caused by asbestos exposure and often does not present itself for multiple decades after the first instance of exposure. The fibers of asbestos which enter the body are believed to remain latent in the body during this period until symptoms are inevitably produced. Because of this, diagnosis is often fatally delayed leading to a very poor general prognosis for mesothelioma patients. In order for the bill to pass, it requires a simple majority as it has been labeled a suspension bill. Previous: TomoTherapy Advances in Mesothelioma Treatment Next: Biomarker Research Gives New Hope In Diagnosing Mesothelioma