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SLC center will study vets' digestive tract illnesses

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    11/24/2005 12:48:43 AM SLC center will study vets digestive tract illnesses By Matthew D. LaPlante The Salt Lake Tribune A Salt Lake City researcher has been
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 24, 2005
      11/24/2005 12:48:43 AM
      SLC center will study vets' digestive tract illnesses
      By Matthew D. LaPlante
      The Salt Lake Tribune

      A Salt Lake City researcher has been chosen to study gastrointestinal symptoms of veterans from the 1991 Gulf War, as well as recent Middle Eastern conflicts, in an attempt to determine whether patterns in bacterial growth are contributing to the ill heath of returned troops. 
         Ashok Tuteja has been awarded $217,000 for the first year of the three-year study, which will be conducted through Salt Lake City's Veterans Administration Medical Center. Middle Eastern conflict veterans who get their medical care through other providers but are experiencing symptoms are being encouraged to contact the center for enrollment in the study. 
         The hospital's director of research, Larry Meyer, said it is too early to say whether gastrointestinal problems among recently returned vets - a common symptom among those suffering from so-called Gulf War Syndrome after the first U.S. war in Iraq - indicate the illness is plaguing the newest generation of returned warriors. But Meyer said the VA is "trying to stay ahead of the curve.” 
         The Veterans Administration and Defense Department were criticized by some returned troops following the 1991 war for slow recognition of the slew of symptoms collectively known as Gulf War Illness. "The interest of the VA is to maintain the health of these people and not find out there is a huge problem or disease burden after the fact," Meyer said. To that end, the VA is funding 12 projects, worth more than $5 million over three years, across the country. 
        
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