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15-09-2007
Agent Orange, Indemnisation des Victimes (... au Canada)
Radio Canada

19-06-2007
L'agent orange en procs New York
France 24

15-06-2007
L'agent orange poursuit ses ravages au Vietnam
Rseau Cano

27-03-2007
Ministry offers support to dioxin sufferers
Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand)

21-03-2007
Agent Orange : Des soldats seront indemniss
Radio Canada

12-03-2007
The Last Battle of Vietnam
Time

05-03-2007
Philips taken to court over Agent Orange claims worth 1 bln eur
CNN Money

12-02-2007
Monsanto dumped toxic waste in UK
The Guardian - UK

12-02-2007
Dioxine : aide amricaine dcontaminer laroport de D Nang
Courrier du Vietnam

09-02-2007
US cash for Agent Orange study
BBC

30-01-2007
Late US veteran gives $50,000 aid to Agent Orange victims


14-12-2006
Recherches sur cancer et produits chimiques finances par l'industrie chimique ?
Actualits News Environnement

09-12-2006
Un chercheur rmunr par l'industrie chimique
NouvelObs.com

05-06-2006
Vietnam: pas d'indemnisation des victimes de l'Agent orange
Romandie.com

01-06-2006
Agent orange, Ottawa publie ses rapports d'enqute
Radio Canada

24-05-2006
VIETNAM "L'agent orange est une arme de destruction massive"
www.courrierinternational.com

01-05-2005
The things they still carry
Daily Southtown

30-04-2005
For victims of Agent Orange, final battle still being waged
Fairfax Digital (Australia)

29-04-2005
US appeals court to consider Agent Orange appeal in June
Vietnam new agency

27-04-2005
Vietnam les oublis de la dioxine
Le Monde .fr

25-04-2005
Trente ans aprs la guerre, un million de Vietnamiens souffrent encore des effets du terrible Agent Orange.
Ouest-France

24-04-2005
Rediscovering Vietnam: Agent Orange's effects
St Louis Today (St Louis Web site

24-04-2005
A long-ago war's grimmest legacy lives on
NorthJersey.com

22-04-2005
GAO Report on Agent Orange: Limited Information Is Available on the Number of Civilians Exposed in Vietnam and Their Workers' Compensation Claims
All American Patriot

17-04-2005
Agent Orange Dioxin Raises Cancer Risk in Vietnam Veterans
Food Consumer

12-04-2005
Spokane native to be honored posthumously
The SpokesMan-Review.com

09-04-2005
Vietnamese appeal U.S. court's ruling on Agent Orange case
Newsday.com

08-04-2005
Vietnamese Agent Orange victims file appeal request
Thanh Nien News

07-04-2005
US abandons health study on Agent Orange
Nature 434, 687

01-04-2005
Peter Yarrow apologizes to Vietnam
Associated Press


From: Nature 434, 687
La page peut tre dj retire.

US abandons health study on Agent Orange


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[07-04-2005]  
Cultural divide condemns Vietnam project.

A programme to investigate the health and environmental damage caused by widespread use of the defoliant Agent Orange during the Vietnam War has been cancelled before it even began.

Scientists say that the collapse of the project is largely the result of cultural differences, a lack of communication, and a deep reservoir of suspicion between the Vietnamese and US governments.

The United States used Agent Orange to reduce forest cover during the Vietnam War. But since the war's end in 1975, Vietnam has suffered a high number of birth defects estimated to be 23 times the expected number in some areas which it blames on the defoliant.

The herbicides that made up Agent Orange were contaminated with dioxins, a highly toxic group of chemicals. But a lack of reliable epidemiological studies means that there is uncertainty over the suspected link between dioxins and birth defects. Such studies are difficult to do in part because a single test for dioxins costs US$1,400.

The joint USVietnamese research project would have analysed dioxin levels in 300 mothers of babies with birth defects, along with 300 mothers of healthy children. The study was approved in May 2003 by the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. But the institute pulled the plug on the project last month because, after two years, the Vietnamese Ministry of Health had still not approved the research protocols needed to begin the work.

David Carpenter, the study's principal investigator and an environmental health researcher at the University at Albany in New York, says that the project fell victim to politics with "two different cultures coming together and not communicating well". This led to misunderstandings from the outset, he says. Before funds of $1 million a year for the three-year project were freed up, the NIEHS provided $300,000 for a pilot study to verify that dioxin levels would be detectable in Vietnamese women. Although done for valid scientific reasons, this was not fully explained to Vietnamese officials, who viewed it as a snub, says Carpenter.

"The NIEHS was probably insisting on protocols to ensure a real, valid study; the implications of which the Vietnamese either didn't understand when they agreed, or else simply don't want," says Jeanne Mager Stellman, a scientist at Columbia University in New York, whose research has provided maps of herbicide spraying in Vietnam (see Nature 422, 649; 2003).

Anne Sassaman, a director at the NIEHS, defends the decision to cancel the project, saying that progress has been minimal despite repeated visits by NIEHS officials to Vietnam and the agency playing host to three Vietnamese delegations. A general agreement to conduct joint research between the countries (see Nature 416, 252; 2002) is still in place, she adds, and the NIEHS "remains hopeful that other studies on Agent Orange can be conducted in the future; we would be very happy to support them".

But researchers close to the programme say that the Agent Orange study was viewed by the NIEHS as a test case, and in the wake of its failure the agency is likely to be reluctant to entertain new proposals. "I'm not optimistic about what's next," says Carpenter.

The study was expected to provide evidence for a class action suit on behalf of millions of Vietnamese plaintiffs against US manufacturers of Agent Orange. This case was dismissed by a US judge on 10 March on the grounds that use of the defoliant in Vietnam could not be considered a war crime.




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