Finally, an end to the last battle of the Gulf War?
November 17, 2008 9:51 AM Subscribe
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A report presented today
to the US Secretary of Veteran's Affairs concludes that Gulf War Syndrome (GWS
) is "a real condition with real causes and serious consequences for affected veterans." While depleted uranium had long been suspected
as a cause of the physical and neurological symptoms associated with GWS, the report fingers pesticides and the pyridostigmine bromide pills given to troops to counter the effects of nerve agents.
GWS has been the object of immense study and debate since veterans first started complaining of a long list of non-specific symptoms. Frontline
has a nice guide to The Last Battle of the Gulf War
. It contradicts previous
studies, which had found
increased reporting of symptoms among veterans, but "no cluster of symptoms that constitute a syndrome unique to Gulf War veterans." It might also lend support to groups fighting for the recognition of other syndromes - clusters of symptoms with no single identifiable cause - including Sick Building Syndrome
and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
. And perhaps Carol White will finally figure out what gave her a nosebleed