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Briefing Date:07/29/2008
Topic:Gulf War and Health: Updated Literature Review of Depleted Uranium and Epidemiologic Studies of Veterans Exposed to Depleted Uranium: Feasbility and Design Issues

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Institute of Medicine
Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice
Committee on Gulf War and Health: Update Literature Review of Depleted Uranium

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Congressional Briefing
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
412 Russell Senate Office Bldg. – 2:00 p.m.

on

Gulf War and Health: Updated Literature Review of Depleted Uranium


and

Epidemiologic Studies of Veterans Exposed to Depleted Uranium:
Feasbility and Design Issues

by

David G. Hoel, Disinguished University Professor, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, and Chair, Committee on Gulf War and Health: Update Literature Review of Depleted Uranium, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, Instiute of Medicine

and

Harold I. Feldman, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, and Member, Committee on Gulf War and Health: Update Literature Review of Depleted Uranium, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, Instiute of Medicine

As a part of the congressional request in P.L. 105-277 and P.L. 105-368, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has completed a study related to human health effects from exposure to depleted uranium (DU). This study resulted in two reports. The first report, Gulf War and Health: Updated Literature Review of Depleted Uranium, contains a review of the scientific literature regarding the association between DU exposure and long-term human health effects. This report updates the DU section from the IOM’s 2000 report, Gulf War and Health, Volume 1: Depleted Uranium, Pyridostigmine Bromide, Sarin, and Vaccines. The second report, Epidemiologic Studies of Veterans Exposed to Depleted Uranium: Feasibility and Design Issues, makes recommendations regarding the critical elements needed for an epidemiologic study on veterans who were exposed to DU while on active duty. The study was sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense.

This briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The reports were publicly released on July 30, 2008 and can be found, in their entireties, on the Web site of the National Academies Press via the links above.

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