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UK study reveals double the risk of ill health in Gulf war veterans

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 23 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:213
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. BMJ

    British soldiers who served in the 1991Gulf war have reported twice the rate of illness as control groups who served elsewhere, according to the largest epidemiological study into the issue (Lancet 1999;353:169-78, 179-82). But the range of symptoms reported—including headache, fatigue, asthma, and arthritis—was similar between the groups, leading researchers to conclude that going to the Gulf did not lead to a specific illness.

    The study compared responses to detailed questionnaires that were sent to 4250servicemen who served in the Gulf war with those from two …

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