Magazine article VFW Magazine

Panel Urges Treatment for Persian Gulf War Vets

Magazine article VFW Magazine

Panel Urges Treatment for Persian Gulf War Vets

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Because the source of mysterious ailments reported by 1991 Gulf War veterans is so elusive, a scientific panel in February recommended that VA quit studying what caused the symptoms and instead focus on how to treat the ill vets.

The Institute of Medicine's (I0M) report- Gulf War and Health, Volume 70; Update of Health Effects of Serving in the Gulf War- concludes that despite more than 20 years of research on the many symptoms that constitute Gulf War Illness, "little progress" has been made on "the exposures that may have caused it or treatments that are generally effective for veterans who suffer from it."

The report added that "it does not appear a single mechanism can explain the multitude of symptoms seen in Gulf War Illness and it is unlikely that a single definitive causal agent will be identified this manyyearsafterthe war. …

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