A Legacy of 9/11: Years of Increased Illness
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But it’s important to note that most people in California were still asleep when the attacks occurred. They didn’t watch the tragedy unfold in real time on television — a factor this paper cites as an apparent catalyst for later health problems.
These results “highlight the importance of not underestimating the health and societal impact of collective stress,” Holman and Silver conclude. They also point out higher rates of health care utilization lead to higher health care costs.
That’s something to keep in mind the next time you hear politicians or pundits debate whether our budgetary priority should be funding health care or combating terrorism. This study suggests the two concerns are, in fact, complementary.
Tom Jacobs is a veteran journalist with more than 20 years experience at daily newspapers. He has served as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Daily News and the Santa Barbara News-Press. His work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Ventura County Star.