Gulf war syndrome linked to chemical exposure

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 18 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:165
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Two teams of US researchers have linked the range of symptoms experienced by soldiers after military service in the Gulf war to chemical exposure. Both teams report an increased prevalence of various ailments, including neurological injuries, among soldiers sent on active duty compared with those who stayed at home.

    Gulf war veterans should receive counselling REX FEATURES

    The publication of the research came at the same time as a White House report found no evidence that exposure to chemical weapons had injured the health of American Gulf war veterans. The 12 member presidential panel, which was sharply critical of the Pentagon's investigation of the issue, concluded that a single cause could not be found for the range of ailments afflicting veterans. The report said that battlefield stress was almost certainly a contributing factor but low level exposure to …

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