Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Medical Experts Fault Study by Pentagon on Gulf Syndrome

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Medical Experts Fault Study by Pentagon on Gulf Syndrome

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The Pentagon may have been unjustified in saying there was no evidence of a unique disorder in the illnesses that struck Persian Gulf War veterans, medical experts suggested Monday.

An Institute of Medicine report says the Defense Department "made conscientious efforts" to evaluate the health of 10,020 U.S. veterans who complained of unusual illnesses after the war.

But the Pentagon failed to support its conclusion that there was no such thing as a "Persian Gulf syndrome" among the servicemen, the report says.

Earlier this month, the Pentagon issued its report about veterans who had complained of a variety of ailments, from fatigue and headache to aching joints and poor concentration.

Some have suggested that such ailments were the result of conditions in the battlefields of Desert Storm. These conditions included chemical pollutants from burning oil fields, garbage dumps and insecticides.

The Pentagon said it found "no clinical evidence for a new or unique illness or syndrome among Persian Gulf veterans."

The new criticism of that finding was released just before the first meeting of a White House advisory panel that President Bill Clinton appointed to study the issue. …

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