Gulf War and Health: Updated Literature Review of Depleted Uranium

Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Military and Veterans Health
Board: Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice

Activity Description

In March 2007, IOM convened a committee to conduct a study on potential human health effects from exposure to depleted uranium. The committee reviewed, evaluated, and summarized the scientific literature regarding the association between exposure to depleted uranium and long-term human health effects. The study committee incorporated literature published since the IOM's 2000 report, Gulf War and Health, Volume 1: Depleted Uranium, Pyridostigmine Bromide, Sarin, and Vaccines, was written. The committee made determinations on the strength of the evidence for associations between exposure to depleted uranium and human health effects. The study findings are not limited to veterans of the 1991 Gulf War; they also are applicable to veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.