Researchers identify possible physical marker of Gulf war illness

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 25 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1958
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

A functional change in a region of the brain may characterize what has come to be called Gulf war illness, a new study says. It says that this is the first time that a unique physical trait has been associated with the mysterious constellation of symptoms that characterize the condition.

Nearly a third of US soldiers who served in the 1990 Gulf war have reported symptoms that include pain, fatigue, and headaches, often accompanied by cognitive and gastrointestinal dysfunction. But identifying physical markers of the disease has proved elusive.

The 31 veterans who participated in the study underwent an intense three day battery of …

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