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Gulf War Vets Have Abnormal Brain Blood Flow, Study Says

Veterans who fought in the Persian Gulf War and suffer from Gulf War illness have abnormal blood flow in their brains, according to to a new study. And it looks like the brain damage caused by Gulf War illness gets worse over time.

Head investigator Dr. Robert W. Haley of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas explains:

Doctors believe Gulf War illness was caused by exposure to nerve gas and toxic chemicals. There are actually three different types of Gulf War illness, but many who are plagued with the disease suffer from symptoms like balance and memory problems, nerve pain, depression, and fatigue.

The VA estimates one quarter of the 700,000 troops deployed to the 1991 Persian Gulf War suffer from Gulf War illness.