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9/11 Dust Leaves a Medical Legacy

Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, September 8, 2011

Mount Sinai officials say their findings show the importance of long-term monitoring and treatment. "Our study shows that these diseases may persist for years to come," Philip Landrigan, MD, principal investigator for the Mount Sinai WTC program and chair of the department of preventive medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, said in a statement. has said.

In 2009, Congress passed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which provides financial aid to sick workers. It took eight years after the attacks for patients to receive financial support. They will need that—and more—for the rest of their lives.

Joe Cantlupe is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media Online.
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