Report: Gulf War syndrome is real

November 17, 2008 1:37:51 PM PST
Gulf War illness has been questioned many times. But a new report says it is very real.It's often been dismissed as a psychosomatic disorder, but now a new government report says toxic chemicals can be blamed for Gulf War illness.

The report says the illness affects at least 25 percent of the 700,000 US veterans who took part in the 1991 Gulf War.

The likely cause was exposure to toxic chemicals that included pesticides that were often overused during the war as well as a drug given to US troops to protect them from nerve gas. Those are the conclusions of a congressionally mandated landmark report released by a federal panel of scientific experts and veterans.

The panel says treatments need to be found and this is something that needs to be taken very seriously.


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