Maria Crecenzio

Jul 112019

New Jersey first responders who volunteered at Ground Zero after the Sept. 11 attacks are now eligible for an accidental disability pension under a bill signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday.

The two measures were named after firefighters from North Jersey who suffered injuries in the wake of the terrorist attacks. One of them, Thomas P. Canzanella, was a Hackensack deputy fire chief who died 12 years ago of cardiac arrest.

The Thomas P. Canzanella Twenty First Century First Responders Protection Act extends state workers’ compensation protections to first responders so “they should never have to question whether they will be compensated accordingly for the sacrifices that they make,” said one of the sponsors, Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, D-Mercer.

The other bill Murphy signed was named the Bill Ricci World Trade Center Rescue, Recovery, and Cleanup Operations Act. It gives disability coverage to police and firefighters who were part of the rescue, recovery or cleanup at the World Trade Center site between Sept. 11 and Oct. 11, 2001.

(Source: 7-8-2019)


 July 11, 2019
Mar 122019

Phoebe Stapleton, Ph.D., A.T.C. featured in Rutgers Today: Air Pollution May Impact Fetal Cardiovascular System


Microscopic particles in air pollution inhaled by pregnant women may damage fetal cardiovascular development, according to a study by Rutgers researchers.

The study, published in the journal Cardiovascular Toxicology, found that early in the first trimester and late in the third trimester were critical windows during which pollutants most affect the mother’s and fetus’ cardiovascular systems.

“These findings suggest that pregnant women, women of child-bearing years who may be pregnant and those undergoing fertility treatments should avoid areas known for high air pollution or stay inside on high-smog days to reduce their exposure,” said Phoebe Stapleton, assistant professor at Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and a faculty member at Rutgers Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute. “Pregnant women should also consider monitoring their indoor air quality.”

(Source: Rutgers Today 3-11-2019)

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 March 12, 2019
Jan 292019

Join researchers, industry leaders, and public regulators as they review the latest scientific findings on microplastic pollution and discuss potential plastic waste management strategies, alternative materials, regulatory issues, critical next steps and the collaborations needed to address this global emerging pollutant.

 January 29, 2019
Jan 252019

World Trade Center Responders at Increased Risk for Head and Neck Cancers

A Rutgers study has found a significant increase in head and neck cancers among workers and volunteers who responded to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC), pointing to newly emerging risks that require ongoing monitoring and treatment of those who were exposed during the initial response.
 January 25, 2019