"17 Years After 9/11, Former NYPD Cop Battles Serious Health Problems"
Peter Woods hardly called in sick back when he worked for the New York Police Department. Then terrorists attacked the World Trade Center, creating a noxious cloud of finite glass, cancer-causing chemicals and other pollutants that hovered for months around ground zero. "I was healthy before 9/11," said Woods, a retired police sergeant whose simple statement echoes thousands of others expressed by first responders and volunteers who helped with rescue and cleanup efforts. Woods recently participated in a study conducted by Mary Ann McLaughlin, director of cardiovascular health and wellness at Mount Sinai Heart. Dr. McLaughlin’s research is examining “a critical knowledge gap” of the extent of kidney disease among 9/11 survivors. "This far out from 9/11, it's amazing that there are disorders we're still finding, especially with cancer rates that may be starting to climb, since it takes many years from initial exposure to a carcinogen to have the actual impact," she said.
- Mary Ann McLaughlin, MD, Associate Professor, Medicine, Cardiology, Assistant Professor, Population Health Science and Policy, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Medical Director, Cardiac Health Program, Co-Director, Women’s Cardiac Assessment and Risk Evaluation Program, The Mount Sinai Hospital