A Report on Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)

The Interagency Workgroup on
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity


August 24, 1998

Predecisional Draft

Table of Contents

XI. Abbreviations

AAEM American Academy of Environmental Medicine
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act
AMA American Medical Association
ANS autonomic nervous system
AOEC Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics
ATSDR Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, DHHS
BEAM brain electrical activity mapping
BRFS California Behavioral Risk Factor Survey
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DHHS
CDHS California Department of Health Services
CFS chronic fatigue syndrome
CLIA Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act
CNS central nervous system
CS chemically sensitive
DHHS Department of Health and Human Services
DoD Department of Defense
DOE Department of Energy
DVA Department of Veterans Affairs
DVAMC Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
ECU environmental control unit
EEG electroencephalography/electroencephalogram
EI environmentally triggered illness
EMG electromyography/electromyogram
EPA U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
HUD Department of Housing and Urban Development
IEIs idiopathic environmental intolerances
IPCS International Program on Chemical Safety
MCS multiple chemical sensitivity
MCHS multiple chemical hypersensitivity syndrome
NAS National Academy of Sciences
NCEH CDC's National Center for Environmental Health
NHEERL EPA's National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory
NIEHS NIH's National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
NIH National Institutes of Health
NIOSH CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NRC National Research Council
PET positron emission tomography
PNS peripheral nervous system
SBS sick building syndrome
SPECT single photon emission computed tomography
TDS time dependent sensitization
TILT toxicant induced loss of tolerance
UCSF University of California at San Francisco
WHO World Health Organization

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