Establishing a 1991 Veterans Research Network to Improve Characterization of Gulf War Illness and Provide a National Resource for Veterans and Investigators
Annual rept. 1 Sep 2012-31 Aug 2013
BAYLOR UNIV HOUSTON TX
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Despite considerable research on health issues affecting U.S. veterans of the 199 0-1991 Persian Gulf War, fundamental questions remain about the health consequences of military service in that conflict. The hallmark health problem associated with 1991 Gulf War military service has been Gulf War illness GWI, the complex of undiagnosed symptoms that have persisted, for many veterans, for over 20 years. Studies indicate that at least one in four veterans are affected by a generally consistent pattern of excess symptoms, variously defined, that is not attributable to established medical or psychiatric diagnoses, and not explain ed by clinical diagnostic tests. This problem has long been the focus of scientific studies, Congressional inquiries, media reports, and scientific panels.
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