Veterans and Agent Orange : update 2010 / Committee to Review the Health Effects in Vietnam Veterans of Exposure to Herbicides, Board on the Health of Select Populations, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.
Introduction -- Evaluating the evidence -- Exposure to the herbicides used in Vietnam -- Information related to biologic plausibility -- Epidemiologic studies: compendium of new publications and background on multiple referenced populations -- Immune-system disorders -- Cancer -- Reproductive effects and impacts on future generations -- Neurologic disorders -- Cardiovascular and metabolic effects -- Other health effects -- Conclusions and recommendations.
"Because of continuing uncertainty about the long-term health effects of the sprayed herbicides on Vietnam veterans, Congress passed the Agent Orange Act of 1991. The legislation directed the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to request the Institite of Medicine to perform a comprehensive evaluation of scientific and medical information regarding the health effects of exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides used in Vietnam to be followed by biennial updates. The 2010 update recommends further research of links between Vietnam service and specific health outcomes, most importantly COPD, tonsil cancer, melanoma, brain cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and paternally transmitted effects to offspring."--Publisher's description.