Gulf War syndrome real, report says

Most people might know that war is not really good..It brings a lot of bad things and problems not only to people but also to our environment. It causes death, sickness, anxiety and a lot more of bad effects to people. It also damaged properties. You are the expert as to what war really brings. It is not good and it is always a sad story. I hope that this world will be a happy and peaceful place to live in. For more effects of war read this article below.

Gulf War syndrome real, report says
Copyright 2008 by United Press International
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WASHINGTON (UPI) — Gulf War syndrome is real and afflicts about 25 percent of the 700,000 U.S. troops who served in the 1991 conflict, a U.S. report said Monday.

Two chemical exposures consistently associated with the disorder — one to a drug given to soldiers to protect against nerve gas and the other sed to protect against desert pests — were cited as causes in the congressionally mandated report presented to Veterans Affairs Secretary James Peake, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“The extensive body of scientific research now available consistently indicates that Gulf War illness is real, that it is a result of neuro-toxic exposures during Gulf War deployment, and that few veterans have recovered or substantially improved with time,” the report said.

The report supports complaints made by hundreds of thousands of U.S. and allied veterans who reported various neurological problems, the Times said. The government for years maintained that the symptoms manifested were because of stress or other unknown causes.

The panel of scientists and veterans also called upon Congress to appropriate $60 million annually to conduct research into finding a cure for the disorder.

“The tragedy here is that there are currently no treatments,” said panel chair James H. Binns, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense and a Vietnam veteran.

Many Gulf War veterans reported problems with memory and concentration, persistent headaches, unexplained fatigue and widespread pain. Other complaints include chronic digestive problems, respiratory symptoms and skin rashes.
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