Veterans of the first Gulf war are developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 02 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:766
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    US veterans of the 1991 Persian Gulf war are twice as likely as the general public to develop amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a type of motor neurone disease. This is a finding of two studies published in the current issue of the journal Neurology (2003; 61: 742–9, 750–6).

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    US troops in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf crisis, 1990

    Credit: SIPA/REX

    The condition, known in the United States as Lou Gehrig's disease (after the baseball player who …

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