Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Former VA Scientist Tells Congress of Ethics Concerns

Dr. Steven S. Coughlin, Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology, Emory University testified before Congress last week concerning his ethical concerns over on going VA research.

"For the past 4 ½ years, I was a senior epidemiologist in the Office of Public Health at the Department of Veterans Affairs. In December 2012, I resigned my position in the US Civil Service because of serious ethical concerns that I am here to testify about today.

"The Office of Public Health conducts large studies of the health of American veterans. However, if the studies produce results that do not support OPH’s unwritten policy, they do not release them. This applies to data regarding adverse health consequences of environmental exposures, such as burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan, and toxic exposures in the Gulf War. On the rare occasions when embarrasing study results are released, data are manipulated to make them unintelligible.

Monday, March 11, 2013

CBS News Highlights Health Issues for Returning Vets Suffering From Burn Exposures

A mysterious illness is afflicting veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It's a crippling lung disease that targets soldiers assigned to work near burn pits. One wife of a stricken soldier is watching her husband suffer and fighting the battle he no longer can.

Click here to see the CBS News video report.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Court Dismissed Burn Pit Lawsuits

Update: On Feb. 27, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland dismissed the burn pit lawsuits that were consolidated in In re KBR Inc. Burn Pit Litigation.