March 2016 IOM Update for Herbicice Exposure
The National Institute of Medicine (IOM), National Academies of Science, released an updated Agent Orange report in March 2016. The impact of the report is two fold.


Impact #1
The report added Parkinsonism and Parkinson’s-Like Syndromes to the previously added Parkinson’s disease. Currently, Parkinson’s disease is recognized as a presumptive disease for herbicide exposure in 38 CFR 3.309(e). Thererfore, Parkinsonism and Parkinson-Like Syndromes should be treated as presumptive diseases.


Impact #2
Additionally, the IOM report upgraded bladder cancer and hypothyroidism from “Insufficient or Inadequate Evidence” to “Limited or Suggestive Evidence” of a causal relationship to Agent Orange Exposure. This does NOT mean that they are currently accepted as presumptive diseases. However it does improve our ability to argue direct service connection.  


To learn more please download DAV Dispatch 16-04 
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DAV Dispatch 16-04