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9/11 First-Responder Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia Wins Fight to Receive Line-of-Duty Pension

9/11 First-Responder Diagnosed w/Fibromyalgia Wins Fight

9/11 First-Responder Diagnosed w/Fibromyalgia Wins Fight


A police officer who served more than 300 hours at Ground Zero in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks will receive a line-of-duty pension, thanks to a state appeals court ruling.

Annmarie Sheldon was a first responder on 9/11 and served more than 300 hours at the site after the collapse of the World Trade Center (WTC) towers.  She was assigned to a security post a block from Ground Zero on October 4, 2001, when she began experiencing shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea and severe chest pains. The following March, Ms. Sheldon was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. More 9/11 First-Responder Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia Wins Fight to Receive Line-of-Duty Pension

Train Derails, Erupts into Fireball in West Virginia

Train Derails, Erupts into Fireball in West Virginia


Train Derails, Erupts into Fireball in West Virginia


A fireball erupted from a derailed CSX Corp train hauling North Dakota crude in West Virginia on Monday, lighting train cars on fire, destroying a house, and forcing the evacuation of two towns.

Initial reports claimed that at least one of the tank cars had fallen into the river, but CSX said Tuesday that that was not the case. Amazingly, no deaths were reported; however, one person was treated for potential fume inhalation. As of Tuesday, the train was still on fire and leaking oil, according to Reuters. More Train Derails, Erupts into Fireball in West Virginia

Montana Oil Spill Raises Concerns About the Age and Safety of the Nation’s Pipelines

A large oil spill into Montana’s Yellowstone River has experts worried about the infrequency of inspections on the nation’s aging pipelines.

The 40,000-gallon spill is the second large spill along the river in four years.  Downstream water supplies to the city of Glendive have been contaminated, and residents rushed to stock up on bottled water after elevated levels of benzene were found in water samples taken from a treatment plant that serves about 6,000 in the agricultural community, according to the Associated Press (AP). More Montana Oil Spill Raises Concerns About the Age and Safety of the Nation’s Pipelines

New York City Council Joins the Fight to Reauthorize the Zadroga Act

NYC Council Joins the Fight to Reauthorize the Zadroga Act

NYC Council Joins the Fight to Reauthorize the Zadroga Act


New York City Council members have joined in the fight to ensure that the firefighters and rescuers of September 11, 2001 are never forgotten by pushing for the reauthorization of the Zadroga Act.

The council members are joining the effort to introduce a resolution that calls for Congress to reauthorize the Zadroga Act. The primary sponsor and co-sponsor for the effort are Councilwoman Margaret Chin (Democrat – Manhattan) and Melissa Mark-Viverito (Democrat – Manhattan/Bronx) respectively, along with two other members. More New York City Council Joins the Fight to Reauthorize the Zadroga Act

Researchers say the Liquid Found in E-Cigarettes is Dangerous Even if it Doesn’t Contain Nicotine

Researchers say Liquid Found in E-Cigarettes is Dangerous.

Researchers say Liquid in E-Cigarettes Dangerous


According to a new study from National Jewish Health in Denver, the liquid found in e-cigarettes significantly increases the risk for viral infections in users, whether it contains nicotine or not.

By taking cells from the airways of young, healthy non-smokers and exposing them to the liquid or vapors from e-cigarettes, researchers were able to determine that inhaling the vapor can damage epithelial cells and increase the risk of infections. The scientists discovered that when they exposed the cells to the liquid or vapors in the lab, it only took 10 minutes for a reaction to occur, according to the National Jewish Health (NJH) website. More Researchers say the Liquid Found in E-Cigarettes is Dangerous Even if it Doesn’t Contain Nicotine

Widow of School Bus Driver who Died from Mesothelioma Awarded $7.7 Million

A New York state jury has decided that Navistar International Corp. must pay $7.7 million to the family of a man who died from a serious lung disease known as mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos in one of the company’s garages.

The wrongful death suit was brought by the widow of a school bus driver who died of mesothelioma as a result of being exposed to asbestos in the school district’s garage. The complaint, viewed by Law360, alleges the man began working for the Fayetteville-Manlius School District in Manlius, New York, as a bus driver in the 1950s. He spent many hours in the garage over the years, clocking in for his routes, submitting work orders and speaking with mechanics. More Widow of School Bus Driver who Died from Mesothelioma Awarded $7.7 Million

Today, October 14th is the Last Day for 9/11 Cancer Victims to Register with VCF

The last day to register with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is today, October 14, 2014 for first responders and survivors who were diagnosed with an eligible cancer on or before October 12, 2012. It is crucial for eligible 9/11 victims to register in order to preserve their rights, lawmakers said. The importance of registering by the deadline was emphasized in a recent press conference held by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Congressman Jerrold Nadler with community leaders, labor leaders and advocates of 9/11 survivors. More Today, October 14th is the Last Day for 9/11 Cancer Victims to Register with VCF

Workers at Fracking Sites Exposed to Cancer-Causing Gas

People who work at oil and gas sites where fracking occurs are exposed to high levels of a cancer-causing gas, according to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

The agency, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that people who work near fracking sites are at an increased risk of being exposed to benzene, a colorless gas known to cause cancer. More Workers at Fracking Sites Exposed to Cancer-Causing Gas

Researchers Investigating Links Between Chemicals in the Environment and Diabetes

Researchers from the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, New York, are on the search for data that links chemicals in the environment to an increased risk of diabetes.

Scientists from the university are studying whether chemicals in the environment increase the risk of metabolic conditions by disrupting neuroendocrine circadian functions and altering the release of hormones, including insulin, according to the University of Buffalo’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (SMBS) website. More Researchers Investigating Links Between Chemicals in the Environment and Diabetes

Fracking Linked to Earthquakes and Methane Gas Leaks

The scientific case against hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, continues to strengthen, leaving little doubt that it is harmful to the environment and creates health concerns for those who live near fracking sites.

Cornell University engineering professor Anthony Ingraffea explained on the latest Inquiring Minds podcast that the research extends beyond groundwater contamination, to include earthquake generation and the accidental emissions of the greenhouse gas methane, MotherJones.com reported. More Fracking Linked to Earthquakes and Methane Gas Leaks