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Sufferers of Gulf War Syndrome, which is not yet a recognized condition, report symptoms such as headache, cognitive disorders, respiratory conditions, joint pain, diarrhea, rash, dizziness and stress. Nearly 15% of troops who served in Kuwait in 1991 have reported these symptoms. The Veterans Affairs have recently linked pollutant exposure during the war to the Gulf War Syndrome and want further studies done. These results are contradicted by an earlier study by National Academy of Science's Institute of Medicine. The organization did however link lung cancer to pollutant exposure during the war. Earlier studies have also found an increased incidence of brain disease in troops from the Gulf war. The recent report has linked exposure to oil fires and vehicle exhaust to lung cancer, asthma, mouth cancer, throat cancer, nose cancer and bladder cancer. The Veteran's Affairs wants compensation for affected veterans. 12,000 Gulf War veterans have made compensation applications for their undiagnosed illnesses and 159,000 veterans have received compensation for war-related illness and injury.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Bloomberg
About: Gulf War Veterans want more studies done to determine link between their symptoms and their service in the war
Date: 20ecember 2005
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