Committee Will Study Respiratory Diseases Related to Military Burn Pits, Dust

April 19, 2019

In an April 12 story forĀ, Patricia Kime reports a National AcademiesĀ of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine panel has launched a study on the respiratory effects of burn pits and other pollution encountered by U.S. troops in the Middle East and Afghanistan. The planned 21-month review marks the second time a National Academies committee has explored the subject: in 2011, a group of physicians and scientists, under what was known then as the Institute of Medicine, concluded there was insufficient evidence to link troops’ illnesses to exposure to burn pit smoke at Joint Base Balad in Iraq.

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