More data that shows "increased risk of incidence" as well as "significant correlation" while our government and the Department of Veterans Affairs denies those dead, dying, and disabled Veterans as well as their widows.
Thanks to Tom for sending this one in.
Agent Orange exposure tied to ills in Vietnam vets
Thu Nov 9, 10:49 AM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Vietnam veterans who sprayed the herbicides like Agent Orange decades ago in Vietnam are at an increased risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and chronic breathing problems, a new study shows.
Agent Orange, a weed killer containing dioxin, was widely used during the Vietnam War, Dr. Han K. Kang of the
Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, DC and colleagues note in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine. Overall, two thirds of the herbicides used during the conflict contained dioxin.
To understand the long-term effects of exposure to the chemicals, Kang and his team compared 1,499 members of the US Army Chemical Corps to 1,428 vets who had worked in chemical operations jobs but did not serve in Vietnam. The Chemical Corps members had been responsible for spraying herbicide around base camp perimeters, as well as aerial spraying of the chemicals from helicopters.
Study participants were surveyed by telephone in 1999 and 2000.
Tests of a subset of the study participants, including 795 Vietnam vets and 102 non-Vietnam vets, showed the Vietnam vets had higher levels of dioxin in their blood.
The researchers analyzed the effects of Vietnam service and herbicide exposure separately, and found that hepatitis was the only health problem linked to serving in Vietnam per se.
However, exposure to herbicides among Vietnam veterans conferred a 50 percent increased risk of diabetes, a 52 percent greater heart disease risk, a 32 percent increased risk of hypertension and a 60 percent greater likelihood of having a chronic respiratory problem such as emphysema or asthma.
An increased cancer risk also was seen among the Chemical Corps members, but this was not significant from a statistical standpoint.
"Almost three decades after Vietnam service," the researchers conclude, "US Army veterans who were occupationally exposed to phenoxyherbicide in Vietnam experienced significantly higher risks of diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and non-malignant lung diseases than other veterans who were not exposed to herbicides."
SOURCE: American Journal of Industrial Medicine, November 2006.
Now lets be clear here - The Army Chemical Corps worker study demanded by congress it was recommended the VA use a clean non-toxic cohort. This of course was not done and during the study the VA used those that sprayed chemicals in Nam versus those that sprayed chemicals in the United States.
So the Reuters publication is not exactly on the mark here but it is doubt they know the In's and Out's of what the VA has done or is doing. What seemingly is a harmless oversight results in a mischaracterization of the actual statistics and how they applied to the Veterans.
I could find no documentation as to the comparison of cohorts spraying i.e. comparison of days of exposures, comparison of mixing directions, comparison of types of chemicals that were common and also a list of toxic chemicals that were not common, comparison of safety regulations (where they followed or not), it is doubtful if those in Vietnam had the same hygiene levels as those in the States.
This same type of cohort selection type and comparison has now come to the forefront as contributing to the underestimating of cancer (all cancer sites) in Vietnam Veterans of which our government has clearly stated they will not worry about this proven fact of distortion. An un unreported increase in cancer at least 2 to 1 to our government seems not to be a concern. 2 to 1 in the most benign form of exposures which would not even be typical of most Veterans.
But then the same Ranch Handers had a 50% increase in birth defects that was left out in the reports as far back as 1984.
Add in the new findings and the new findings by Ranch Hand study scientists that Ranch Hand was flawed for 25 plus years has created exactly what our Government and its Chemical company lobby money have wanted a total government cover-up and minimizing the real international found medical facts.
Yes sir - please thank your Department of Veterans Affairs and your Commander in Chiefs and by all means thank your congressperson and your senators for the creating the largest continuous running fraud against a segment of society in the history of the world. The best segment of society this Nation has to offer has been dumped on by our own government for 40 plus years now.
Some have asked for Dr. Kang's study and I will be posting those .pdf files below.
Thanks to Paul and the VVA for getting this study out to all of us.
Now I have not reviewed any of this as of yet from an engineering failure analysis side. I think I will find the same old faulty conclusions but I will comment later. Just want to get it out to everyone for review.
VVA is supposed to get a briefing on this study within two weeks.
If it goes true to form as the last 40 years as Dr. Trewyn indicated and I agree this does not take a PhD to tell none of this has even met the smell test. I would like to be a fly on the wall as the VA and the government start spreading their Executive Branch directed horse manure.
Similar to this disability commission that is going on behalf of our Nations Veterans. What a crock that has become. Maybe with the GOP taking a butt whipping this time out it will fall on deaf ears as to what the GOP created disability commission is trying to do. Yes, I have voted Republican since I could vote except for one election year so I have no political bias only facts!
Anyway here are the files in .pdf.
I will first put in the accompanying letter:
VA: Agent Orange effects may be worse than believed
November 10, 2006
By Gayle S. Putrich
The lasting effects of Agent Orange and dioxin-based defoliants like it could be even more far-reaching for Vietnam War veterans than originally thought, putting vets at greater risk for developing heart disease, diabetes and respiratory problems, according to a recent Department of Veterans Affairs study.
The study was conducted by a research team under the direction of Dr. Han K. Kang, director of VA’s War Related Illness and Injury Studies Center. The study appears in the November issue of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine.
Kang and his team compared 1,500 members of the Army Chemical Corps — who handled aerial chemical drops and other sprays — against about 1,400 veterans who had worked with chemicals but did not serve in Vietnam. All the participants were surveyed by phone in 1999 and 2000.
Subsets of both groups also participated in physical evaluations. Blood tests of 795 Vietnam veterans and 102 non-Vietnam vets showed the Vietnam vets had elevated levels of dioxin in their blood.
Vietnam veterans who were exposed to the chemicals showed a 50 percent increased risk of diabetes, a 52 percent increased risk of heart disease, a 32 percent increased risk for high blood pressure and a 60 percent greater chance of developing chronic respiratory problems, such as emphysema or asthma.
“Almost three decades after Vietnam service, U.S. Army veterans who were occupationally exposed to phenoxyherbicide in Vietnam experienced significantly higher risks of diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and non-malignant lung diseases than other veterans who were not exposed to herbicides,” the study says.
Agent Orange and other chemicals like it were sprayed across Vietnamese jungles and around U.S. military camps during the Vietnam War to cut down on the amount of cover available to the enemy. About two thirds of the herbicides used during Vietnam contained dioxin.
The same week Kang’s study was published, two nonprofit groups signed agreements with the government of Vietnam.
The Ford Foundation, which seeks to reduce poverty and promote international cooperation, committed to a $2.2 million donation to study the long-term effects of dioxin agents in Vietnam and to provide health services to Vietnamese who now suffer from disabilities because of exposure to the chemical defoliants.
And the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation signed on to extend an existing five-year agreement with the Vietnamese defense ministry to continue a survey of unexploded ordinance across the country. Between 350,000 and 850,000 tons of shells, bombs and land mines are still strewn across the countryside, according to the Vietnamese government.
Exactly what we and our widows have been saying all along!
Health Status of Army Chemical Corps Workers Who Sprayed Defoliant in Vietnam
Cancer Mortality Patterns Among Women Who Served in the Military: The Vietnam Experience
Military Service in Vietnam and the Risk of Death from Trauma and Selected Cancers
Mortality Patterns Among Vietnam Veterans