Accession Number : ADA438835


Title :   Air Force Health Study: An Epidemiologic Investigation of Health Effects in Air Force Personnel Following Exposure to Herbicides. 2002 Follow-up Examination Results, May 2002 to March 2005


Descriptive Note : Final rept. May 2002-Mar 2005


Corporate Author : SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL CORP RESTON VA


Personal Author(s) : Michalex, Joel ; Robinson, Julie ; Fox, Karen ; Elequin, Vincent ; Ketchum, Norma ; Jackson, William ; Pavuk, Marian ; Grubbs, William ; Cooper, Brenda ; Johnson, Patches


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA438835


Report Date : 31 MAR 2005


Pagination or Media Count : 1994


Abstract : This report summarizes results from the Air Force Health Study (AFHS) 2002 follow-up physical examination. The AFHS was undertaken to determine whether adverse health effects attributable to exposure to herbicides existed in veterans of Operation Ranch Hand. The men assigned to Operation Ranch Hand flew aerial herbicide spray missions in Vietnam from 1962 to 1971. A comparison cohort comprised Air Force veterans who served in Southeast Asia during the same time period and who were not involved with spraying herbicides. A total of 1,951 veterans participated in the 2002 physical examination 777 Ranch Hands & 1,174 Comparisons. Statistical analyses assessed differences between Ranch Hands & Comparisons & associations between health- related endpoints & extrapolated initial dioxin, dioxin category, and dioxin measured in 1987. The study has insufficient statistical power to assess increases in the risk of rare diseases. Consistent with past AFHS reports, current results indicate a significant & clinically meaningful adverse relation between type 2 diabetes & exposure to dioxin.


Descriptors :   *AIR FORCE PERSONNEL , *EXPOSURE(PHYSIOLOGY) , *HERBICIDES , *EPIDEMIOLOGY , *TOXIC DISEASES , TOXICITY , MORTALITY RATE , SPRAYS , DIOXINS , OCCUPATIONAL DISEASES , REPRODUCTION(PHYSIOLOGY) , MEDICAL EXAMINATION , VETERANS(MILITARY PERSONNEL) , VIETNAM , HEALTH SURVEYS , ADVERSE CONDITIONS , STATISTICAL ANALYSIS.


Subject Categories : AGRICULTURAL CHEMISTRY


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE