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US takes Gulf war illnesses seriously

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 19 February 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:493
  1. G McBride

    Washington officials are now taking seriously the mystery illness affecting many veterans of the 1991 Gulf war. The Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, and Health and Human Services have set up an interagency board to “work to resolve the health concerns of Persian Gulf war veterans, including active duty personnel and reservists with Gulf service.” Twenty research studies have been set up, and advisory committees, investigative task forces, and scientific panels are studying the problem.

    * Soldiers in the Gulf war: many came back sick and tired

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    The veterans' symptoms include rashes, unremitting fatigue, arthralgias, headache, gastrointestinal problems, irritability, and memory loss. Some veterans say that they start driving their cars and forget where they are going. Some can no longer work. Veterans have …

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