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Briefing Date:03/03/2008
Topic:The Utility of Proximity-Based Herbicide Exposure Assessment in Epidemiologic Studies of Vietnam Veterans

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Institute of Medicine
Board on Military and Veterans Health
Committee on Making Best Use of the Agent Orange Exposure Reconstruction Model

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Congressional Briefings
Monday, March 3, 2008
340 Cannon House Office Bldg. – 3:00 p.m.
and
Monday, March 10, 2008
412 Russell Senate Office Bldg. – 4:00 p.m.

on

The Utility of Proximity-Based Herbicide Exposure Assessment
in Epidemiologic Studies of Vietnam Veterans

Lack of data on which military personnel may have been exposed to herbicides sprayed during the Vietnam War and the doses they may have received has been a fundamental challenge in determining whether veterans' health problems are linked to herbicide exposure. This report offers the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs advice and suggestions on the best ways to employ a new model in evaluating the long-term health effects of wartime exposure to herbicides.

These series of briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on March 5, 2008 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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