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Vets Hope to Add Diseases Related to Agent Orange Exposure

By November 10, 2017VA Disability

After 18 months of review, VA Secretary David Shulkin announced last Wednesday that he will “further explore” adding ailments to the list of conditions that are compensable under the VA’s presumption that they were caused by exposure to Agent Orange.

Veterans were hoping conditions like bladder cancer, Parkinson’s-like tremors, hypertension, and hypothyroidism would have been added to the list after the latest and final review of medical and scientific literature on Agent Orange was reported by the National Academy of Medicine.

The NAM’s report found limited or suggestive evidence of association to herbicide exposure for bladder cancer and hypothyroidism.

It also studied whether conditions with Parkinson’s-like symptoms should fall into the same category as Parkinson’s disease and found “no rational basis” for excluding them from the same risk category.