Tuesday, September 11, 2007

NYC Debuts 9/11 Health Website

Today marks the debut of http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/wtc/html/home/home.shtml, which the City proclaims to be "a single source for information about the health effects of 9/11. It consolidates the latest information about scientific research and services, including where those affected can go for free treatment and medicine."

The website includes easily accessible research findings and treatment options for the different groups of affected people - rescue and recovery workers, residents, children, and city employees.

Several interesting facts gleaned from various websites:

The World Trade Center Health Registry monitors the long-term health of people who were exposed to the World Trade Center disaster. They now reside in all 50 states.

The Registry recently released findings about rescue and recovery workers, some of whom were suffering from asthma and post-traumatic disorder as a result of the disaster.

One in eight rescue and recovery workers had post-traumatic stress disorder when they were interviewed in 2003 and 2004. Rates were highest among volunteer workers and lowest among police officers.

As you go about your day, how will you remember 9/11?