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    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/15/us/researchers-find-biological-evidence-of-gulf-war-illnesses.html Researchers Find Biological Evidence of Gulf War Illnesses
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      Researchers Find Biological Evidence of Gulf War Illnesses

      By JAMES DAO

      In the two decades since the 1991 Persian Gulf war, medical researchers
      have struggled to explain a mysterious amalgam of problems in thousands
      of gulf war veterans, including joint pain, physical malaise and
      gastrointestinal disorders. In some medical circles, the symptoms were
      thought to be psychological, the result of combat stress.

      But recent research is bolstering the view that the symptoms, known
      collectively as gulf war illness, are fundamentally biological in
      nature. In the latest example, researchers at Georgetown University say
      they have found neurological damage in gulf war veterans reporting
      symptoms of the disease.

      Using magnetic resonance imaging to study the brains of gulf war
      veterans before and after exercise, the researchers discovered evidence
      of damage in parts of their brains associated with heart rate and pain.
      Such damage was not evident in the control group, which included
      nonveterans and healthy veterans.

      Such neurological damage, the researchers theorize, caused the veterans
      to be more sensitive to pain, to feel easily fatigued and to experience
      loss of short-term “working memory,” all symptoms associated with gulf
      war illness.

      Their study, published by the online medical journal PLoS One on Friday....

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      study:
      http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0063903








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