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Characterizing Exposure of Veterans to Agent Orange and by Institute of Medicine, Board on Health Promotion and Disease

By Institute of Medicine, Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Committee on the Assessment of Wartime Exposure to Herbicides in Vietnam

From 1962 to 1971, US army forces sprayed greater than 19 million gallons of herbicides over Vietnam to strip the thick jungle cover that helped cover competition forces, to smash vegetation that enemy forces may well depend upon, and to transparent tall grass and trees from round the perimeters people base camps and outlying fire-support bases. such a lot large-scale spraying operations have been performed from airplanes and helicopters, yet herbicides have been additionally sprayed from boats and floor cars, and by way of infantrymen donning back-mounted gear. After a systematic file concluded contaminant of 1 of the first chemical substances utilized in the herbicide known as Agent Orange can cause beginning defects in laboratory animals, US forces suspended use of the herbicide; they as a result halted all herbicide spraying in Vietnam in 1971.

At the request of the Veteran's management, the Institute of drugs validated a committee to supervise the improvement and assessment of versions of herbicide publicity to be used in reports of Vietnam veterans. That committee could enhance and disseminate a request for proposals (RFP) in keeping with the options; overview the proposals obtained in accordance with the RFP and choose a number of educational or different nongovernmental learn teams to strengthen the publicity reconstruction version; supply clinical and administrative oversight of the paintings of the researchers; and review the types constructed by way of the researchers in a report back to VA, which might be released for a broader viewers. Characterizing publicity of Veterans to Agent Orange and different Herbicides utilized in Vietnam is the IOM's file that evaluates versions of herbicide reconstruction to enhance and try versions of herbicide publicity to be used in experiences of Vietnam veterans.

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She also helped to facilitate the production of the reports Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2002; Veterans and Agent Orange: Herbicide/Dioxin Exposure and Acute Myelogenous Leukemia in the Children of Vietnam Veterans; and Escherichia coli O157:H7 in Ground Beef: Review of a Risk Assessment. 24 EXPOSURE OF VETERANS TO AGENT ORANGE AND OTHER HERBICIDES Joe A. Esparza is a project assistant in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. He attended Columbia University, where he studied biochemistry.

Before joining IOM, Dr. Butler served as an analyst for the US Congress Office of Technology Assessment and was Research Associate in the Department INTERIM FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS 23 of Environmental Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has directed several National Academies studies on environmental-health and risk-assessment topics, including studies that resulted in the reports Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 1998; Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2000; Clearing the Air: Asthma and Indoor Air Exposures; and Escherichia coli O157:H7 in Ground Beef: Review of a Risk Assessment.

All presentations were open to the public. 19 Appendix C Committee and Staff Biographies COMMITTEE ON THE ASSESSMENT OF WARTIME EXPOSURE TO HERBICIDES IN VIETNAM David G. Hoel, PhD (Chair), is Distinguished University Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Hoel received his AB degree in mathematics and statistics from the University of California, Berkeley and his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is widely published, having been the author or coauthor of more than 150 journal articles and coeditor of several books and journals.

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