High Levels Of Cancer Among 9/11 First Responders

911groundzero1On Sunday, the New York Post stated that the number of cancer cases among 9/11 first responders had more than doubled in the past year.  They went from 1,140 to over 2,500.

The story refers to responders who worked at ground zero after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

These are cancers the federal government says are thought to be directly related to that effort, and are cancers like leukemia, myeloma, thyroid and prostate cancers.

There’s a total of 2,509 cases. The center has screened more than 37,000 World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers since 2002. It will continue to monitor those workers and volunteers for any new cases.

Some have argued that hundreds of chemical compounds, among them known carcinogens, were present in the dust surrounding ground zero.

Researchers found firefighters who worked at ground zero were 19% more likely to develop cancer than firefighters who did not. According to the 2011 study, published in The Lancet medical journal, the increase occurred during the first seven years after 9/11. There were subtle increases seen in a few cancers in particular, including gastro-esophageal cancers and blood cancers such as multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Here’s a list of the 10 most common cancers (as of 2013):

  • Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer
  • Melanoma of the Skin
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Thyroid
  • Leukemia
  • Lung
  • Kidney
  • Bladder
  • Colon
  • Breast

There are also other health issues.

Dr. Philip Landrigan, senior author of the first study and chairman of preventive medicine at Mount Sinai Medical School in New York City studied more than 27,000 rescue and recovery workers and found that almost 28 percent had asthma, 42 percent had sinusitis and 39 percent had gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Both the respiratory and digestive problems are the result of the dust cloud emanating from the disaster site that entered people’s airways, causing inflammation and scarring, and burned its way into the esophagus, the study concluded.

“These people swallowed that very, very caustic dust which . . . was extremely alkaline. It was described as inhaling Drano in powdered form,” Landrigan said.

Dr. Stacey L. Silvers, an otolaryngologist with Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, said she was actually surprised the percentages weren’t higher.

“The numbers are obviously very impressive but with the exposures to such damaging stimuli, I’m really surprised more people are not suffering,” she said.

But the fact that the respiratory ailments are persisting is a “worrisome sign,” Landrigan said. “It may be the forerunning of chronic lung disease in the future.”

Silvers said that people who haven’t already had symptoms are unlikely to develop them this far out in time, but it’s possible that who have had lingering symptoms might see more problems later on, such as lung or stomach cancer.

http://time.com/3048631/911-respondents-cancer-statistics/

http://nypost.com/2014/07/27/cancers-among-ground-zero-workers-skyrocketing/

http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/30/health/911-cancer-increase/

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/11/health/911-cancer-treatment/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2418385/One-thousand-9-11-Ground-Zero-responders-diagnosed-cancer.html

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/managing-your-healthcare/environment/articles/2011/09/02/911-responders-workers-still-suffer-an-excess-of-illnesses

Daily Mail Photos Of Suspected Hamas Militants In Gaza

These photos show suspected Hamas militants who have been rounded up chain-gang style by Israeli soldiers during the Israel-Gaza conflict.

Following their capture, the suspects were forced to wear blue overalls, before being blindfolded and made to sit in a small enclosure with barbed wire fencing.

Imprisoned: Following their capture, the suspects were forced to wear blue overalls, before being blindfolded and made to sit in a small enclosure with barbed wire fencing. Above, a soldier watches over the suspects

Chained up: This photo shows suspected Hamas militants who have been rounded up chain-gang style by Israeli soldiers during the Israel-Gaza conflict. They were captured after the Army entered the Gaza strip

Keeping a close eye: During the Army offensive, 30 Israeli soldiers were killed and dozens more were injured

Under armed guard: One photo shows four of the alleged militants later walking in chains while blindfolded

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2704736/Suspected-Hamas-militants-rounded-chain-gang-style-Israeli-soldiers-Gaza-offensive.html

 

Who Is Taylor Schilling?

Taylor Schilling was born on July 27, 1984 (she just had a birthday) is an American actress.

She is best known for portraying Piper Chapman in the Netflix series Orange Is The New Black (2013–present). She made her film debut on Dark Matter (2007), where she starred alongside Meryl Streep.  She has also appeared in other films.

For her role in Orange Is the New Black, she has won the Satellite Award and has been nominated for the Golden Globe Award and the Primetime Emmy Award.

Indywire compares her to Mary Tyler Moore.

“…Schilling was announced as a contender for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy, the category Mary Tyler Moore has dominated to this day across two iconic sitcoms.”

To top it off, Indywire compares Schilling’s cast members to Tyler Moore’s.

“But would Kate Mulgrew’s scenery-chewing, like Cloris Leachman’s, have felt right without Schilling’s restraint?”

An interesting comparison from Indywire.

http://blogs.indiewire.com/bent/why-taylor-schilling-could-be-our-mary-tyler-moore-20140730

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloris_Leachman

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taylor_Schilling

Israel Artillery Hits Another U.N. Shelter School; 20 Deaths

Israeli artillery shells slammed into another U.N.-run school sheltering evacuees from the Gaza conflict early Wednesday morning, killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens of others as they slept, according to Palestinian health officials and the U.N. agency in charge of the school.

The school was at the Jabaliya refugee camp, where 3,300 Palestinians had taken refuge from the fierce fighting in their Gaza neighborhoods

The U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which operated the school-turned-shelter, said the facility in northern Gaza was shelled by Israeli forces and they condemned what it called a serious violation of international law. The Israeli army said it was investigating.

Palestinian health officials said this was the latest in a series of strikes on United Nations facilities that are supposed to be safe zones in the 23-day-old battle against Hamas and other militants.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/israel-presses-attack-16-killed-at-un-school/2014/07/30/4a643588-17a5-11e4-85b6-c1451e622637_story.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/31/world/middleeast/israel-gaza.html?_r=0

Terrorist Knife Attack In China

chinesepolice1A group of assailants launched coordinated attacks on government and police buildings in China’s far-western Xinjiang region on Monday, leaving dozens of people dead a day before the mostly Muslim area was set to celebrate the end of Ramadan.

Attackers armed with knives attacked the town of Elixhu, with some later moving on to the town of Huangdi. They smashed at least 30 cars and killed civilians, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Tuesday. Six more cars were set on fire in “an organized, premeditated and carefully planned terrorist attack of vile nature and tremendous violence.”

‘Police officers at the scene shot dead dozens of members of the mob,’ a brief report from the country’s state-controlled Xinhua news agency said.

Xinjiang, which abuts Central Asia, has long been riven by ethnic tensions between Han Chinese migrants and Xinjiang’s Turkic-speaking, mostly Muslim Uighur ethnic group. Uighurs often complain of religious and economic discrimination at the hands of the Han Chinese majority.

http://online.wsj.com/articles/group-attacks-state-offices-ethnic-han-in-far-western-china-1406650746

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2709940/Dozens-knife-wielding-terrorists-shot-dead-police-attacked-government-buildings-China.html