J Psychiatr Res 2021 Jun 2;140:187-196. Epub 2021 Jun 2.
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, World Trade Center Health Program General Responder Data Center, 1 Gustave L. Levy Place, New York, NY, 10029, USA.
Decline in cognitive functioning among rescue and recovery workers who responded in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, World Trade Center (WTC) attacks is of emerging interest. Responders are vulnerable to cognitive decline from exposure to airborne toxins present at the WTC site, as well as from WTC-related mental and physical health conditions. To better understand the relationship between occupational WTC exposure, mental health, physical health and subjective cognitive functioning, we examined the mediating role of health status in the association between exposure and subjective cognitive concerns in a multi-site, longitudinal investigation of the WTC General Responder cohort (n = 16,380 responders; n = 58,575 visits) for the period 2002-2015. Read More