[ RadSafe ] Salsman's "dozen reports" about Gulf War DU
sjd at swcp.com
Sun Jul 9 16:47:58 CDT 2006
On June 27 James Salsman (JS) wrote, "I can give you a dozen reports,
e.g., at least ten from Dr. Melissa McDairmid's group alone, which claim no
increase in cancer incidence rates in uranium-exposed Gulf War veterans."
On July 3, JS gave citations to 12 papers about DU exposure, medical
surveillance of Gulf War vets, and health effects in these vets; and to one
editorial by McDiarmid in the British Medical Journal. (The 13 citations
will be found at the end of this message.) I have read the abstracts,
discussions, or conclusions of nine items. I did not look at the
Philosophical Transactions, Anal Bioanal Chem, or the two Military Medicines.
The Health Physics papers were about chemical effects of uranium, not
about radiation effects, and about surveillance of veterans (2005); about
urine monitoring of vets (2004); about U levels in urine of vets (2001);
and about the methodology of urine collection (1999). None of them
discussed cancer incidence, or any disease incidence, and the 2001 paper
specifically said that so far no adverse health effects had been seen.
To simplify matters somewhat, none of these papers (or the editorial) said
anything about increases in cancer incidence rates in DU-exposed Gulf War
veterans. Some of them said nothing about cancer, and those that mentioned
it said very little. What they said was that no "clinical abnormalities"
had been observed (Int. Arch Occup Environ Health), or that there were no
adverse health findings.
The closest anyone came to saying anything significant was McDiarmid et
al. (J Occup. Environ Med). Concerning this study of 50 veterans, the
authors wrote that there were "subtle but biologically plausible
perturbations in central nervous system function," however they did not
find anything definite.
The dozen reports did not "claim no increase" in cancer among Gulf War
veterans. I suppose Salsman will say that since the reports didn't say
there *was* an increase that is tantamount to claiming no increase. Well .
. . that would be a silly and trite argument.
sjd at swcp.com
Squibb KS, McDiarmid MA. "Depleted uranium exposure and health effects in
Gulf War veterans." Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2006 Apr
29;361(1468):639-48. PMID: 16687268
Squibb KS, Leggett RW, McDiarmid MA. "Prediction of renal concentrations of
depleted uranium and radiation dose in Gulf War veterans with embedded
shrapnel." Health Phys. 2005 Sep;89(3):267-73. PMID: 16096502
McDiarmid MA, Engelhardt SM, Oliver M, Gucer P, Wilson PD, Kane R, Kabat M,
Kaup B, Anderson L, Hoover D, Brown L, Albertini RJ, Gudi R, Jacobson-Kram
D, Thorne CD, Squibb KS. "Biological monitoring and surveillance results of
Gulf War I veterans exposed to depleted uranium." Int Arch Occup Environ
Health. 2006 Jan;79(1):11-21. Epub 2005 Aug 2. PMID: 16075297
Ejnik JW, Todorov TI, Mullick FG, Squibb K, McDiarmid MA, Centeno JA.
"Uranium analysis in urine by inductively coupled plasma dynamic reaction
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Apr 15. PMID: 15900454
McDiarmid MA, Squibb K, Engelhardt SM. "Biologic monitoring for urinary
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McDiarmid MA, Engelhardt S, Oliver M, Gucer P, Wilson PD, Kane R, Kabat M,
Kaup B, Anderson L, Hoover D, Brown L, Handwerger B, Albertini RJ,
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McDiarmid MA, Hooper FJ, Squibb K, McPhaul K, Engelhardt SM, Kane R, DiPino
R, Kabat M. "Health effects and biological monitoring results of Gulf War
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Hodge SJ, Ejnik J, Squibb KS, McDiarmid MA, Morris ER, Landauer MR, McClain
DE. "Detection of depleted uranium in biological samples from Gulf War
veterans." Mil Med. 2001 Dec;166(12 Suppl):69-70.
McDiarmid MA, Squibb K, Engelhardt S, Oliver M, Gucer P, Wilson PD, Kane R,
Kabat M, Kaup B, Anderson L, Hoover D, Brown L, Jacobson-Kram D; Depleted
Uranium Follow-Up Program. "Surveillance of depleted uranium exposed Gulf
War veterans: health effects observed in an enlarged 'friendly fire'
cohort." J Occup Environ Med. 2001 Dec;43(12):991-1000.
McDiarmid MA, Engelhardt SM, Oliver M. "Urinary uranium concentrations in
an enlarged Gulf War veteran cohort." Health Phys. 2001 Mar;80(3):270-3.
McDiarmid MA. "Depleted uranium and public health." BMJ. 2001 Jan
20;322(7279):123-4. PMID: 11159557 [editorial]
McDiarmid MA, Keogh JP, Hooper FJ, McPhaul K, Squibb K, Kane R, DiPino R,
Kabat M, Kaup B, Anderson L, Hoover D, Brown L, Hamilton M, Jacobson-Kram
D, Burrows B, Walsh M. "Health effects of depleted uranium on exposed Gulf
War veterans." Environ Res. 2000 Feb;82(2):168-80.
McDiarmid MA, Hooper FJ, Squibb K, McPhaul K. "The utility of spot
collection for urinary uranium determinations in depleted uranium exposed
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