|Topic:||Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2002|
THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Institute of Medicine
Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Committee to Review the Health Effects in Vietnam Veterans of Exposure to
Herbicides (Fourth Biennial Update)
Wednesday, January 22, 2003
340 Cannon House Office Bldg. -- 1:30 p.m.
Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2002
Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2002 is the fourth in a series of reports by the Institute of Medicine originating from the Agent Orange Act of 1991 (PL102-4). These reports have examined the effects on human health of defoliants including Agent Orange. In previous updates, all forms of leukemia were considered together, and this combined evidence was not sufficient to link these diseases to exposures in Vietnam veterans. Re-examination has revealed sufficient evidence for an association of a specific form of leukemia -- chronic lymphatic leukemia -- with defoliant exposure in Vietnam. This report discusses the scientific reasoning for this and also makes recommendations for future work including further investigation of brain tumors (glioblastoma and astrocytoma).
This briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on January 23, 2003 and can be found, in its entirety, on the National Academy Press Web site.