Gulf War Illness Strongly Linked to Chemical Exposure

As reported by Reuters and other outlets, Dr. Beatrice Golomb of the University of California, San Diego has found that exposure of soldiers to multiple chemicals, including pesticides and nerve-gas pills, was associated with lingering health problems in veterans of the Persian Gulf War. Effects include neuropathic pain and loss of muscle control, chronic fatigue or forgetfulness.

"Evidence, taken together, provides a case for causal connection of carbamate, organophosphates and acetylcholinesterase inhibitor exposure to illness in Gulf War Veterans," Golomb wrote in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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