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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 570-95
October 24, 1995

STUDIES ON GULF WAR VETERANS TO BE DISCLOSED

On October 31, 1995, in San Diego, Calif., at the 123rd Annual Meeting and Exhibition of the American Public Health Association, a panel of civilian and military medical researchers will summarize comprehensive epidemiological studies and present early study results on the health of Persian Gulf Veterans.

Beginning at 2 p.m. in the San Diego Marriot Hotel and Marina, Ballroom A, there will be a Special Session entitled "Epidemiologic Studies Regarding the Health of Veterans of the Persian Gulf War." The session will include a series of 12 talks characterizing the prevalence of illness, symptoms, infertility and pregnancy outcomes among military personnel who are veterans of the Persian Gulf War. The senior presiders are John Mazzuchi, Ph.D., Department of Defense; Susan Mather, MD, MPH, Department of Veterans Affairs; and William C. Reeves, MD, MSPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The presentations will BE made in the following order:

2- 2:10 p.m. Persian Gulf Veterans Health Issues: DoD Perspective - - Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Stephen C. Joseph, MD, MPH

2:10- 2:20 p.m. Persian Gulf Veteran Issues: VA Perspectives -- Assistant Chief Medical Director for Environmental Medicine and Public Health, Department of Veterans Affairs, Susan H. Mather, MD, MPH

2:20- 2:35 p.m. Time Dependent Evaluation of 27,377 Persian Gulf Veterans reporting for VA Health Exams - - Frances M. Murphy, MD; Nancy A. Dalager, MS; Han K. Kang, DRPH

2:35- 2:50 p.m. Methodological Issues in Epidemiological Studies of Morbidity Among Gulf War Veterans - - Gregory C. Gray, MD

2:50- 3:05 p.m. The Persian Gulf War: Effects on Human Reproduction - - Rebecca L. Calderon, Ph.D.; Samuel M. Wishik, MD; Gregory C. Gray, MD; Katia Hiliopoulos, MPH 3:05- 3:20 p.m. Methodological Issues of Cluster Evaluation - - William C. Reeves, MD; Rita Washko, MD; Laura F Robin, MPH; Donald Noah, ODM; Keiji Fukuda, MD

3:20- 3:35 p.m. Mortality Follow- Up Study of Persian Gulf Veterans - - Han K. Kang, DRPH; Tim A. Bullman, MS

3:35- 3:50 p.m. Comparative Study of Hospitalizations Among Gulf War Veterans and Era Controls - - Bruce D. Coate MPH; Christy C. Anderson, BS; Gregory C. Gray, MD; Kenneth C. Hyams, MD

3:50- 4:05 p.m. Preliminary Analysis of Birth Defects and Persian Gulf War Service - - David N. Cowan, Ph.D.; Robert F. Defraites, MD; Samuel M. Wishik, MD; Judith Kuhn, BA; Gregory C. Gray, MD

4:05- 4:20 p.m. A Comparison of Reported Morbidity Among Active Duty Seabees - Gulf War Veterans Versus Era Controls - - Kevin S. Kaiser, MPH; Anthony W. Hawksworth, BS; Gregory C. Gray, MD

4:20- 4:35 p.m. Recent Outbreak Investigation in Pennsylvania, Part I - - Rita Washko, MD; Keiji Fukuda, MD; Laura F. Robin, MPH; Mark Spitzer, BA; Teresa King, PA; Susan Killin, PA; Donald Noah, ODM; Rosane Nisenbaum, Ph.D.; William C. Reeves, MD

4:35- 4:50 p.m. Recent Outbreak Investigation in Pennsylvania, Part II - - Laura F. Robin, MPH; Keiji Fukuda, MD; Donald Noah, DD.; Rosane Nisenbaum, Ph.D.; A. Factor; Rita Washko, MD; William C. Reeves, MD

4:50- 5:15 p.m. Questions from the Audience - - Panel

5:15- 5:45 p.m. Press availability - - Dr. Stephen Joseph, Department of Defense; Dr. William Reeves, Centers for Disease Control; and Dr. Frances M. Murphy, Department of Veterans Affairs

Reporters wishing to cover the Special Session on Epidemiologic Studies Regarding the Health of Veterans of the Persian Gulf War must register with the American Public Health Association to attend the sessions. For more information on press registration call the APHA public relations office at (202) 789- 5677.

From October 30 through November 1, journalists covering the Special Session on the Persian Gulf War at the APHA meeting may contact: Jim Turner representing Department of Defense presenters at (619) 232- 3121; Donna St. John representing Department of Veterans Affairs presenters at (619) 452- 1234; and Kent Taylor representing CDC presenters at (619) 232-1234.