THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Board on Population Health and Public Health Practices
Committee to Review the Health Effects in Vietnam Veterans of Exposure to Herbicides
(Seventh Biennial Update)
Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2008
This Institute of Medicine report, requested by Congress in P.L. 102-4, presents new findings about whether certain diseases and conditions could be associated with exposure to Agent Orange and other defoliants used in the Vietnam War or with the dioxin that contaminated these herbicides. The report is the latest in a biennial series that weighs evidence from new studies along with findings from previous research to determine whether health problems might be linked to the herbicides or their contaminants.
This briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on July 24, 2009 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.