Monday, August 18, 2008
Alan Ray : Since the end of the Gulf War in 1991, nearly 200,000 military personnel qualified for some degree of service-related disability. More than 3,300 of those disabled have "undiagnosed conditions," or what's come to be called Gulf War syndrome.
17 years after the Gulf War ended, medical experts and researchers are still looking for answers to the puzzle of Gulf War syndrome. It has a range of symptoms, from immune system problems to brain cancer to birth defects...to eczema. Other possible medical problems could include muscle fatigue, loss of balance, and even Lou Gehrig's Disease.
In March, a doctor at UCSD found a link to the chronic illness - exposure to a certain class of chemicals.
To participate in Dr. Golomb's Gulf War syndrome research study, go to http://gulfstudy.ucsd.edu/ or call (858) 558-4950 x 203.
- Beatrice Golomb , doctor with the VA San Diego Healthcare System and a professor of internal medicine at UC San Diego. She is also the former chief scientist for the VA's Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans illnesses.