Gulf War Syndrome May Be Caused by Chemical Exposures

Published: July 10, 2012

A Rand study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine suggests that the high rates of CFS in Persian Gulf War Veterans (called "Gulf War Syndrome") can be partially explained by exposure to chemicals such as pesticides and nerve agents. Veterans from the 1990-91 conflict have a higher rate of CFS-like symptoms than either non-deployed personnel or those deployed elsewhere.

"This evidence suggests that exposure to this certain class of chemical may be linked to elevated risk of health problems," said Beatrice Golomb, M.D., Ph.D., whose study will be published in the early online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) the week of March 10.


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