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News :: War and Militarism
Panel identifies Gulf War syndrome
28 Dec 2008
Pesticides and pyridostigmine bromide, an anti-nerve agent drug, were the likely causes of Gulf War Illness, according to a government report released this week.
Military Intelligence — Panel identifies Gulf War syndrome
Originally published November 20, 2008
By: Justin Palk

Between a quarter and a third of the nearly 700,000 U.S. veterans of the 1990-1991 war are affected by the condition, according to the report, prepared by the Congressionally mandated Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses.

Gulf War Illness usually manifests with a combination of symptoms, including memory and concentration problems, persistent headache, widespread pain and unexplained fatigue, and in some cases, chronic digestive problems, respiratory symptoms and skin rashes.

Researchers haven't found a link between the illness and other potential causes, such as anthrax vaccines, depleted uranium, oil well fires in Kuwait, and post-traumatic stress disorder, among others. But the report noted that there's been almost no research on what biological effects, if any, may result from exposure to different combinations of these and other compounds.

The advisory committee called for increased funding for research into Gulf War Illness, noting that historically, much of the money designated for research into Gulf War-related health issues actually has been spent on research that has little or nothing to do with Gulf War health issues.

The full report is available online at

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