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US and UK scientists disagree about causes of Gulf war syndrome

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 21 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:940
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    British and American government scientists have produced reports on the causes of so called Gulf war syndrome that are almost diametrically opposed in their conclusions.

    The US government's principal scientific committee on Gulf war syndrome looks set to announce that it acknowledges a potential link between veterans' neurological symptoms and their exposure to low doses of nerve gas, pesticides, and the drugs that soldiers took to counter nerve agents.

    A report by the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses, set up by the Department of Veterans' Affairs, finds that that many veterans' symptoms have a neurological cause and that …

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