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CNN.com - Health - Air Force study further supports Agent Orange, diabetes
link - March 28, 2000Found this.  Hmmmmm.....


Air Force study further supports Agent Orange, diabetes link



March 28, 2000
Web posted at: 7:56 p.m. EST (0056 GMT)
>From Military Affairs Correspondent Jamie McIntyre
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A study to be released Wednesday by the U.S. Air Force
provides more data supporting a possible link between exposure to the
defoliant Agent Orange and adult onset diabetes, according to Pentagon
sources.
The findings are the latest from an ongoing study of Air Force veterans that
began in 1982, comparing the health of 1,000 Air Force personnel who worked
with Agent Orange with a control group of about 1,300 veterans who were not
exposed.
"Operation Ranch Hand" was the Pentagon code name for the spraying of
herbicides in Southeast Asia between 1962 and 1971. The Air Force dispensed
about 19 million gallons of herbicide, 11 million of which was Agent Orange,
in Southeast Asia.
Findings from the Air Force study were last reported in 1997, when the
possible link with adult onset diabetes was first noted. Pentagon sources
say the latest data will further support that link.
Agent Orange contains cancer-causing dioxins, but the study to date has
found "no consistent or meaningful relation" between dioxin exposure and
cancer in the veterans.
The U.S. military used Agent Orange to remove vegetation cover used by the
Viet Cong and North Vietnamese for concealment and later to kill off crops
to deny them food.



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