Pesticides: A Review of the Scientific Literature As It Pertains to Gulf War Illnesses

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This report summarizes the scientific literature on 12 of the 35 pesticides that are likely to have been used during the Persian Gulf War. Where possible, it focuses on known pesticide exposures or doses and related health outcomes that may be relevant to symptoms reported by some Gulf War veterans. Evidence from studies of genetic and biological differences between ill and healthy subjects is suggestive, but not conclusive, that these pesticides could be among the potential contributing agents to some of the undiagnosed illnesses seen in Gulf War veterans. However, no prospective studies have been conducted that positively identify pesticides as causative agents. More research is needed to confirm or refute a causal link between pesticides and other agents and the symptoms associated with Gulf War illnesses.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780833026828
  • Publisher: RAND Corporation
  • Publication date: 2/12/2001
  • Series: Gulf War Illnesses Series
  • Pages: 216
  • Lexile: 1430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.86 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Acronyms and Abbreviations
Chapter One: Introduction
Organization of the Report
Chapter Two: Pesticides
Pesticide Identity and Properties
Pesticude Use in ODS/DS
Chapter Three: Health Problems in PGWV
PGWV Report Health Problems
Symptoms in PGWV
Comment on Headache
Increased Symptom Reporting in PGWV
Factors Associated with Registry
Information from Epidemiological
Investigations of Self-Reported Pesticide
Exposure and Illness
Chapter Four: Lindane
General Information
Availability and Recommended Use of
Lindane During ODS/DS
Potential Health Effects of Lindane
Chapter Five: DEET
General Information
Availability and Recommended Use of
Potential Health Effects of DEET
Chapter Six: Pyrethroids
Potential Health Effects of Pyrethroids
Chapter Seven: Organophosphates and Carbamates
Potential Health Effects of
Potential Health Effects of Carbamates
Chapter Eight: Confounding Factors: Individual
Differences and Interactions
Individual Differences in Susceptibility to
Chapter Nine: Concluding Remarks
General Comments
The Possible Contribution of Pesticides to
Health Problems
Concluding Observations
Appendix: Comparison by Symptom Category of
Subjects with AChE-InhibitorExposure
(Organophosphate or Carbamate) and Ill PGWV
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