Scientists call for more research on Gulf War illness

by Rachel Baker on May 3, 2014

This is a great Veteran article. Hopefully, VA Secretary Shinseki will allocate more funding for this much needed research!

As many as 250,000 US veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf War suffer from symptoms of a disorder that is likely caused by exposure to toxins, such as nerve gas.

In a new report, the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses (RAC) says there’s been progress to pinpoint the causes and possible treatments for the disorder, but that much more research is needed.

The RAC report updates scientific research published since the committee’s landmark report in 2008, which established that Gulf War illness was a real condition. The RAC committee is composed of scientific experts and veterans, and was mandated by the US Congress.

“The conclusions of the 2008 RAC report had a substantial impact on scientific and clinical thinking about Gulf War illness, as well as the public acceptance of this disorder,” says RAC’s scientific director, Roberta “Bobbie” White.

White, who is chair of environmental health at the Boston University School of Public Heath, presented the report to Veterans Administration Secretary Eric Shinseki on April 28.

Read more on how to do this, here:
http://www.futurity.org/scientists-call-research-gulf-war-illness/?utm_source=feedly&utm_reader=feedly&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=scientists-call-research-gulf-war-illness

Original Study by Boston University:
http://www.bu.edu/sph/files/2014/04/RAC2014.pdf

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