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Committee on Gulf War and Health: Updated Literature Review of Depleted Uranium

Board of Population Health and Public Health Practice



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Committee on Gulf War and Health: Updated Literature Review of Depleted Uranium Board of Population Health and Public Health Practice

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COMMITTEE ON GuLF WAR AND HEALTH: uPDATED LITERATuRE REvIEW OF DEPLETED uRANIuM DAvID G. HOEL, PhD (Chair), Distinguished University Professor, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC MICHAEL ASCHNER, PhD, Gray E.B. Stahlman Professor of Neuroscience, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN MELISSA D. BEGG, ScD, Professor of Clinical Biostatistics and Director of Academic Programs, Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University, New York H. TIM BORGES, PhD, Research Staff Member, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN (resigned February 2008) vIvIEN W. CHEN, MPH, PhD, Professor and Director of Epidemiology Program, School of Public Health, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA HAROLD I. FELDMAN, MD, MSCE, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA PHILIP HARBER, MD, MPH, Professor and Chief, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles PATRICK J. HEAGERTY, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics, University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Seattle, WA KIYOuNG LEE, MPH, ScD, Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky College of Public Health and Seoul National University School of Public Health, Republic of Korea JONATHAN LINKS, PhD, Professor and Director, Center for Public Health Preparedness, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD v

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STAFF ABIGAIL E. MITCHELL, PhD, Senior Program Officer PETER JAMES, Senior Program Associate (through May 2007) A. WEZI MuNTHALI, MPH, Senior Program Associate (through November 2007) DEEPALI M. PATEL, Senior Program Associate (through November 2007) JENNIFER E. SAuNDERS, MPP, MPH, Senior Program Associate (from November 2007) RENEE WLODARCZYK, Research Assistant JOSEPH GOODMAN, Senior Program Assistant DANIELLE K. STOLL, Intern NORMAN GROSSBLATT, Senior Editor ROSE MARIE MARTINEZ, ScD, Director, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice vi

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Reviewers T his report has been reviewed in draft form by persons chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical com- ments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards of objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following for their review of this report: Odile David, University of Illinois College of Medicine Fletcher Hahn, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, Scientist Emeritus Robert Herrick, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health Howard Hu, University of Michigan Schools of Public Health and Medicine Ronald L. Kathren, Washington State University, Professor Emeritus William N. Rom, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, New York University School of Medicine Michael J. Thun, Epidemiology and Surveillance Research, American Cancer Society Bailus Walker, Jr., Howard University Medical Center Walter Willett, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health Judith T. Zelikoff, Department of Environmental Medicine, New York University School of Medicine vii

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viii reviewers Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive com- ments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recom- mendations, nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by David J. Tollerud, School of Public Health and Information Sciences, University of Louisville, and Johanna T. Dwyer, Tufts University School of Medicine and Friedman School of Nutrition Science, Tufts-New England Medical Center. Appointed by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council, respectively, they were responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accor- dance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.

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Contents SUMMARY 1 1 INTRODUCTION 7 Summary of Findings in the Section on Depleted Uranium in Gulf war and Health, volume 1, 9 The Department of Veterans Affairs Request for This Study, 9 The Committee’s Task, 10 Organization of This Report, 10 References, 10 2 BACKGROUND 13 Uses of Depleted Uranium, 14 Exposure of Military Personnel to Depleted Uranium, 14 Radiologic and Chemical Effects of Exposure to Depleted Uranium, 17 Dose-Response Modeling and Risk Assessment, 20 References, 21 3 TOXICOLOGY 23 Summary of Previous Report, 24 Toxicokinetics, 25 Toxicity Studies, 29 Application of the Toxicologic Data, 41 References, 66 ix

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x Contents 4 METHODOLOGY 73 Information-Gathering Strategy, 73 Principal Objectives of Epidemiologic Studies, 75 Factors Influencing the Relevance and Quality of Studies, 76 Epidemiologic-Study Designs, 84 Inclusion Criteria, 88 Rationale for Not Including Studies of Uranium Miners, 88 Categories of Strength of Association, 90 References, 91 5 EXPOSURE ASSESSMENT 93 Estimation of Exposure to Depleted Uranium During the Gulf War, 93 Exposure-Monitoring Methods, 100 References, 102 6 CLINICAL END POINTS OF INTEREST 105 Cancer Outcomes, 105 Noncancer Outcomes, 111 References, 115 7 COHORT DESCRIPTIONS 117 Uranium-Processing Cohorts, 118 Depleted-Uranium Studies, 143 Environmental-Exposure Studies, 153 Summary, 163 References, 190 8 CONCLUSIONS 193 Cancer Outcomes, 193 Noncancer Outcomes, 203 Summary, 214 References, 259 INDEX 263 TABLES AND BOxES (Note that the tables for Chapters 3, 7, and 8 are at the ends of the chapters) Tables 3-1 Uranium Compounds, by Dissolution Type, 42 3-2 Carcinogenic Effects, 43

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xi Contents 3-3 Genotoxic Effects, 45 3-4 Respiratory Effects, 51 3-5 Renal Effects, 52 3-6 Neurologic Effects, 53 3-7 Hepatic Effects, 58 3-8 Reproductive and Developmental Effects, 59 3-9 Immunologic Effects, 62 3-10 Musculoskeletal Effects, 64 5-1 Comparison of Level I Exposure Estimates and Risk, 97 5-2 Comparison of Level II Exposure Estimates and Risk, 99 5-3 Comparison of Level III Exposure Estimates and Risk, 99 7-1 Studies of Uranium Processors, 164 7-2 Studies of Depleted-Uranium–Exposed Persons, 178 7-3 Studies of Environmental Exposure to Uranium, 184 8-1 Lung Cancer, 216 8-2 Lung Cancer in the Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Cohort, 220 8-3 Leukemia, 221 8-4 Hodgkin Lymphoma, 224 8-5 Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and Other Lymphatic Cancers, 226 8-6 Bone Cancer, 230 8-7 Renal Cancer, 232 8-8 Bladder Cancer, 234 8-9 Cancers of the Central Nervous System, 236 8-10 Stomach Cancer, 238 8-11 Prostatic Cancer, 240 8-12 Testicular Cancer, 242 8-13 Mortality from Nonmalignant Renal Disease, 244 8-14 Nonmalignant Renal Disease—Morbidity Risk, 246 8-15 Mortality from Nonmalignant Respiratory Disease, 252 8-16 Nonmalignant Respiratory Disease—Morbidity Risk, 254 8-17 Mortality from Neurologic Disease, 255 8-18 Reproductive and Developmental Effects, 256 Boxes 1-1 Agents Specified in PL 105-277 and PL 105-368, 8 2-1 Units of Measurement, 18 4-1 Open-Session Presentations, June 28, 2007, 74

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