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News 12/11/2014

New Registry Study Finds Increased Injuries after Hurricanes

Survivors of the World Trade Center disaster who lived in the Tri-State area during Hurricane Sandy experienced multiple types of injuries. 

Registry researchers sent surveys to 8,870 enrollees living in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut five months after the storm. Among the 4,435 respondents who lived in flooded areas, 10 percent reported injuries, and nearly three quarters of them had more than one injury. The greatest number of injuries occurred among people who attempted clean-up or repair work in a damaged or destroyed home. The most common injuries were arm/hand cuts and back strain. The risk of injury was greater among those who had more flooding in their homes, whether or not they evacuated. The highest percentage of injuries, about 39 percent, was among responders who evacuated by walking or swimming. Hurricane preparation and messages to warn people about the potential for injury during evacuation and clean-up or repair might help reduce the amount and severity of injuries after a hurricane.

Nonfatal Injuries 1 Week after Hurricane Sandy - New York City Metropolitan Area, October 2012. Brackbill RM, Caramanica K, Maliniak M, et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2014 Oct 24;63(42):950-4.

Zadroga Act by the Numbers



The federal World Trade Center Health Program - now provides monitoring and treatment, including medication, for both physical and mental health conditions related to the 2001 terrorist attacks. There will be with no out-of-pocket costs and services are available no matter where you live now.

Apply online or call 888-982-4748 to have an application mailed to you.

Does the Registry have your latest contact information?

Update your contact information here.


Recent Research

Previous Exposure to the World Trade Center Terrorist Attack and Posttraumatic Symptoms among Older Adults Following Hurricane Sandy

Shrira A, Palgi Y, Hamama-Raz Y, Goodwin R, Ben-Ezra M. Psychiatry. 2014 Winter;77(4):374-85. doi: 10.1521/psyc.2014.77.4.374.

Longitudinal Study of the Impact of Psychological Distress Symptoms on New-Onset Upper Gastrointestinal Symptoms in World Trade Center Responders

Litcher-Kelly L, Lam Y, Broihier JA, et al. Psychosom Med. 2014 Nov-Dec;76(9):686-93. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000116.

Nonfatal Injuries 1 Week after Hurricane Sandy - New York City Metropolitan Area, October 2012

Brackbill RM, Caramanica K, Maliniak M, et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2014 Oct 24;63(42):950-4.

Neural and Genetic Markers of Vulnerability to Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms among Survivors of the World Trade Center Attacks

Olsson A, Kross E, Nordberg SS, et al. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2014 Oct 22. pii: nsu125. [Epub ahead of print].

Protecting Worker and Public Health during Responses to Catastrophic Disasters - Learning from the World Trade Center Experience

Newman DM. Am J Ind Med. 2014 Nov;57(11):1285-98. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22386. Epub 2014 Sep 24.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and World Trade Center Exposure

Glaser MS, Shah N, Webber MP, et al. J Occup Environ Med. 2014 Oct;56 Suppl 10:S30-4. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000283.

Enlarged Pulmonary Artery Is Predicted by Vascular Injury Biomarkers and Is Associated with WTC-Lung Injury in Exposed Fire Fighters: A Case-Control Study

Schenck EJ, Echevarria GC, Girvin FG, et al. BMJ Open. 2014 Sep 29;4(9):e005575. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005575.

Agreement between Upper Respiratory Diagnoses from Self-Report Questionnaires and Medical Records in an Occupational Health Setting

Weakley J, Webber MP, Ye Fe, et al. Am J Ind Med. 2014 Oct;57(10):1181-7. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22353.




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