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Gulf War Women's Health Cohort

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Technical Report,30 Sep 2016,29 Sep 2017

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Augusta University Research Institute Augusta United States

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This epidemiologic study utilizes both existing datasets and newly collected survey data to examine the prevalence and patterns of GWI symptoms, diagnosed medical conditions, reproductive health, birth outcomes, and other health issues among women who served during the Gulf War. The study will utilize data from multiple studies in order to establish a GWWC. In studies for which it is feasible to re-contact subjects, current data will be collected on womens symptoms and medical conditions and adverse reproductive outcomes still births, ectopic pregnancies, birth defects, using postal survey questionnaires and telephone interviews. In this new data collection, the projected number of completed surveys is 450. Re-analyses of existing data will focus on health outcomes specifically affecting women. Female-to-male differences in GWI will be examined to determine whether GWI manifests differently in women. The number of women who will be included in the study is anticipated to be 955-1,420 women GW veterans and an additional 680-854 women veteran who were not deployed. The project will provide a comprehensive picture of the health of women GW veterans. This includes assessment of current health status, changes in health symptoms and conditions over time, and possible differences in health outcomes associated with specific experiences and exposures during the war. It will allow for an assessment of GWI symptom patterns that may be specific to women veterans and a determination of diagnosed medical conditions.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research

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