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    Health Woes For WTC Workers

    NEW YORK (Jan. 27) - A majority of ground zero workers screened for health problems 10 to 11 months after the terrorist attacks still showed lung, throat or mental ailments, according to preliminary findings released Monday.

    The federal screening program found that 73 percent had ear, nose and throat symptoms, and 57 percent had lung problems.

    Under the program, more than 3,500 workers who toiled at the ruins of the World Trade Center have been examined. The findings were based on a random sample of 250 people from the first 500 patients who were seen from July 16, 2002, to Aug. 29, 2002.

    Dr. Robin Herbert, co-director of Mount Sinai Medical Center's screening program for World Trade Center workers, said the findings are alarming.

    ``Our preliminary findings clearly demonstrate the need for the immediate screening of the WTC responders, as well as the provision of medical follow-up,'' he said.

    The program has offered free medical screening to anyone who worked at ground zero, including volunteers. It is scheduled to conclude in July
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    01/27/03 15:33 EST

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    BREATH WOES, STRESS PLAGUE GROUND ZERO WORKERS: STUDY

    BREATH WOES, STRESS PLAGUE GROUND ZERO WORKERS: STUDY

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    January 28, 2003 -- Ground Zero workers screened by doctors 10 months after the Sept. 11 attack still suffered from respiratory problems and post-traumatic stress disorder, according to preliminary findings of a federal program released yesterday.
    The $12 million program was developed to evaluate for one year the health of workers who responded to the terrorist attack and helped in the cleanup.

    More than 3,500 workers have been examined since it began in July.

    The screenings show that 52 percent of workers still suffered from ear, nose and throat ailments, 46 percent showed pulmonary symptoms and 52 percent reported mental-health problems like post-traumatic stress disorder.

    The findings released yesterday were based on a random sample of 250 people from the first 500 workers examined under the program, which is coordinated by the Mount Sinai Medical Center and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

    Dr. Robin Herbert, one of the program's co-directors, said the persistence of symptoms many months after the attack is "alarming and clearly demonstrates the need for immediate screening" of all the estimated 30,000 Ground Zero workers.

    Politicians and union leaders joined Mount Sinai physicians to announce the findings, seizing the opportunity to plead for additional federal funding for the program.

    Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) said the initial $12 million allows about 9,000 workers to be screened through July but that more money is needed to examine additional patients.

    "This is absolutely critical to finish the job," Clinton said.

    She is asking President Bush for an additional $90 million - $25 million for the Fire Department to do its own health tracking and the remainder to continue the federal screening program.


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    HEALTH RISK TO ALL WTC WORKERS

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