Accession Number : ADA189556

Title :   An Epidemiologic Investigation of Health Effects in Air Force Personnel Following Exposure to Herbicides. Volume 2. First Followup Examination Results.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept. Jan 85-Sep 87,

Corporate Author : SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL CORP MCLEAN VA

Personal Author(s) : Lathrop, G D ; Wolfe, W H ; Machado, S G ; Michalek, J E ; Karrison, T G

PDF Url : ADA189556

Report Date : 01 Oct 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 459

Abstract : This report represent the result of the health assessment of the 1,016 Ranch Hands and the 1,293 Comparisons who participated in the 1985 followup examination of the Air Force health Study. The purpose of the study is to determine whether long-term health effects exist and can be attributed to occupational exposure to herbicides. The results show a subtle but consistent narrowing of medical differences between the two groups since the Baseline study in 1982, however, the Ranch Hands continue to manifest slightly more minor adverse health conditions than the Comparisons. Continued surveillance of these groups is indicated. The report concludes that there is not sufficient evidence to implicate a causal relationship between herbicide exposure and adverse health in the Ranch Hand group. Keywords: Epidemiologic investigation, Phenoxy herbicides, Herbicide orange, Dioxin, Morbidity, Health surveys, Air Force health study.

Descriptors :   *EPIDEMIOLOGY, *EXPOSURE(PHYSIOLOGY), *HERBICIDES, *OCCUPATIONAL DISEASES, ADVERSE CONDITIONS, AIR FORCE PERSONNEL, BASE LINES, DIOXINS, HEALTH, HEALTH SURVEYS, LONG RANGE(TIME), ORANGE(COLOR), PHENOLS, RESPONSE(BIOLOGY), PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTS, TOXIC TOLERANCES, MEDICAL EXAMINATION, MORBIDITY

Subject Categories : Toxicology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE