NEW YORK, NY, August 14, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ -- As America nears the eighth anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks, and while the nation is embroiled in the health-care debate, the sad fact is that the medical problems of rescue workers who rushed to the site on 9/11 continue to rise.
Based on data provided by New York City's World Trade Center Health Registry, it is clear that there is no improvement in the health of thousands of WTC first responders who were sickened by the toxic environment in which they worked. In some cases, their medical conditions are getting much worse.
CNN and Health.com have reported that poisonous clouds created by the destruction of the World Trade Center, which were at first deemed to pose no health hazard, have now been linked directly to an increase of asthmatic symptoms in many 9/11 rescue workers. Shortness of breath, a persistent cough, wheezing or tightness in the chest have been documented by medical experts in the majority of WTC victims.
A serious, untreated asthma attack can be lethal.
"The government continues to deny the truth about health problems caused by the 9/11 attack," says Steven M. Centore, author of One of Them: A First Responder's Story. "However, the studies and reports conclusively show that people are still dying from the 9/11 attack."
Mr. Centore, himself a first responder as well as a federal employee and Navy veteran, details his own battles with insurance companies and the federal government in his bookóbattles that have made his many medical symptoms harder to deal with.
"It's a shame that the US government has yet to provide adequate health care for thousands of sick 9/11 victims who are forced to fight in court to demand the help they deserve," says Mr. Centore. "And it's outrageous that the members of Congress, who have the world's greatest health-care coverage, have been so pathetically lax in extending even the most rudimentary care to the heroes and victims of the 9/11 attacks."
To learn more about how you can help, or to buy the breakout book One of Them: A First Responder's Story, visit http://www.SteveCentore.com or http://www.wadv-oneofthem.com. The book is also available on Borders.com, Target.com, Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.
For more information about One of Them: A First Responder's Story, contact Steve Centore directly at Scentore@yahoo.com.
WORLDWIDE ASSOCIATION OF DISABLED VETERANS, INC. and author Steven M. Centore chose Arbor Books, Inc. (www.ArborBooks.com) to design and promote One of Them: A First Responder's Story. Arbor Books is an internationally renowned, full-service book design, ghostwriting and marketing firm.
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