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Studies on Possible Health Effects of Burn Pits
You can find studies on the health effects of burn pits by conducting a search on the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s PubMed.
Findings from the burn pit registry are available in the following publications and reports:
- Jani N, Falvo MJ, Sotolongo A, Osinubi OY, Tseng CL, Rowneki M, Montopoli M, Morley SW, Mitchell V, Helmer DA. Blast Injury and Cardiopulmonary Symptoms in U.S. Veterans: Analysis of a National Registry. Ann Intern Med; 2017; 167: 753-755.
- Liu J, Lezama N, Gasper J, Kawata J, Morley S, Helmer D, Ciminera P. Burn Pit Emissions Exposure and Respiratory and Cardiovascular Conditions Among Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry Participants. J. Occup Environ Med; 2016; 58: e249-255.
Reports by the National Academies [formerly the Institute of Medicine (IOM)]
- Assessment of the Department of Veterans Affairs Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry
- Long-Term Health Consequences of Exposure to Burn Pits in Iraq and Afghanistan
Featured Studies by VA and Department of Defense
- VA and the Department of Defense will conduct a long-term study that will follow Veterans for decades looking at their exposures and health issues to determine the impact of deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. Read the February 4, 2013 notice in the Federal Register to learn more.
- VA conducted the National Health Study for a New Generation of U.S. Veterans. VA invited 30,000 Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Veterans and 30,000 Veterans who served elsewhere during the same period to participate in this study. The study covers a wide spectrum of health effects, including those that may be associated with exposure to smoke from burn pits.
- VA is participating in the Millennium Cohort Study, a Department of Defense epidemiological study begun in 2001 that has over 150,000 participants. The study is designed to evaluate how military service may affect the long-term health of Servicemembers. Data are being collected on respiratory health.
- The VA/Department of Defense Military Working Dog Veterinary Service is reviewing the health records of military working dogs that receive the same exposures that the troops do. These dogs may serve as sentinels for human health.