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Research Studies on Health Effects of Project SHAD

Currently, there is no clear evidence of specific long-term health effects associated with participation in Project SHAD.

VA continues to study the possibility of long-term health effects associated with in-service exposure to chemical and biological agents.

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VA asked the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a non-governmental organization, to conduct a study on potential health effects of participation in Project SHAD. The Institute of Medicine found no clear evidence that specific long-term health effects are associated with participation in Project SHAD. Read the 2007 report, Long-Term Health Effects of Participation in Project SHAD, to learn more.

VA has sponsored a follow-up of the Institute of Medicine study on the health outcomes of participating in SHAD. The results of the new study should be available in summer 2014.


If you are concerned about health effects associated with involvement in Project 112 or Project SHAD, talk to your health care provider or your local VA Environmental Health Coordinator.

You also may want to conduct an extensive search on chemical and biological agents through the U.S. National Institutes of Health's PubMed.

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