Stroke has been added to the growing list of possible health effects
Vietnam veterans may face long term after exposure to Agent Orange.
response to new evidence showing a statistically significant overall
increase in stroke associated with exposure to chemical in Agent Orange,
a committee examining these health effects has moved stroke to the
"limited and suggestive" evidence category.
However, the published
data do not permit distinguishing hemorrhagic from ischemic stroke,
said the authors of the updated report,
Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2012
: Committee to Review the Health Effects in Vietnam Veterans of Exposure to Herbicides (Ninth Biennial Update).
evidence already suggested an association between exposure to the
chemicals and hypertension, ischemic heart disease, and type 2 diabetes,
as well as Parkinson's disease and some cancers.
Elsewhere in the
900-page report, the committee concluded that on the basis of newly
reviewed evidence and in previous reports, there is also "limited or
suggestive" evidence of an association between exposure to the chemicals
of interest and Parkinson's disease.
The committee concluded that
on the basis of new evidence and previous reports, evidence is
inadequate or insufficient to determine whether there is an association
between exposure to chemicals of interest and Alzheimer's disease.
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