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    Officers Accused of Fraudulent Claims for PTSD after 9/11

    By Michael Barasch

    More than 100 retired police officers, firefighters and correctional officers are being charged with Social Security disability fraud for allegedly faking the extent of their disabilities to unlawfully obtain disability benefits. Many of those accused of scamming the system say their troubles, including psychiatric problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), began after the 9/11 […]

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    WTCHP: Proposal to Add Prostate Cancer Coverage

    By Michael Barasch

    In a long-awaited move, the administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) posted a proposal to the Federal Register on July 2 that would include prostate cancer as a covered illness. If you were present at the disaster area or exposed to toxins or debris from the site, this is important news. Despite […]

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    9/11 and Mental Health

    By Michael Barasch

    It is no exaggeration to say that the 9/11 terrorist attacks inflicted psychological and emotional trauma on Americans from coast to coast — and indeed, on people around the world. No one alive on that infamous day can ever forget the fear and horror that overtook us as we watched the disaster unfold, and the […]

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    The Disturbing Truth About Asbestos

    By Michael Barasch

    When it comes to asbestos, the advice of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can be summed up in three words: Do Not Disturb. The highly toxic building material poses no threat to those who must co-exist with it — including many homeowners whose homes were built before the substance was phased out of use in […]

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    Who was Officer James Zadroga and Why Should You Know His Name?

    By Michael Barasch

    Officer James Zadroga was one of the first responders on the scene when New York’s Twin Towers were attacked by terrorists on September 11, 2001. Zadroga was a police officer for New York City who eventually spent more than 450 hours involved in clean-up and rescue efforts at the site now known as Ground Zero. […]

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