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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Air Force study finds exposure to Agent Orange may limit growth of prostate gland

A recent study by the Air Force, establishes that exposure to Agent Orange can suppress male reproductive hormones, reports the Express News. The study, which began in 1982 and tracked almost 1,000 soldiers, found those who have high levels of the dioxin from Agent Orange had a lower incidence of benign prostatic hyperplasia, BHP, which causes enlargement of the prostate gland. Although, a lower incidence of BHP is advantageous, it is believed that the dioxin is hindering the growth of the prostate, and therefore directly affecting the reproductive system, and even causing infertility. Additionally, the study found that high levels of dioxin were associated with low levels of testosterone.

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