Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Report shows stronger link between Agent Orange exposure and some diseases

A newly released Institute of Medicine (IOM) report shows a heightened link between Agent Orange exposure and the development of bladder cancer and hypothyroidism.
The IOM committee revised the exposure connections from “inadequate or insufficient evidence” to “limited or suggestive evidence,” after reviewing reports on Korean War veterans who served in Vietnam and scrutinizing previously assembled evidence on these two conditions.
The report also notes that “there is no rational basis for an exclusion of those with Parkinson’s-like symptoms from the service-related category denoted as Parkinson’s disease.” This opens the door for VA to grant service-connected presumption to veterans exposed to Agent Orange who are diagnosed with Parkinsonism and Parkinson’s-like symptoms, in addition to Parkinson’s disease.

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