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Some 1991 Gulf War veterans may have genetic differences that caused them to metabolize chemicals found in anti-nerve agents pills, insecticide and nerve agent differently, finds a new study published in the Environmental Health journal. This potentially helps explain why some veterans were sickened while others were not.
Scientists have long wondered why some 1991 Gulf War veterans developed a series of symptoms, including fatigue, joint pain, indigestion, memory problems and dizziness, after the war ended, while other troops in the same areas returned home healthy. About one in four veterans, or 250,000 people, developed Gulf War illness.
Some wondered if some veterans broke down chemicals differently than others, forcing the chemicals out of their systems before they could do any damage, while others processed the chemicals in a way that caused damage to their nervous systems.
Lea Steele, research professor in the Baylor University Institute of Biomedical Studies, conducted the research, and has also shown that troops who took more doses of anti-nerve-agent pills—which contain small doses of nerve agent so they would build up a tolerance to the chemical—and who used insecticides and bug repellents were more likely to develop the illness.
Service members flying on contaminated planes may have been exposed to Agent Orange long after the Vietnam War ended, according to an Institute of Medicine report, reports the Los Angeles Times‘ Alan Zarembo. The news could lead to more benefits claims from sick veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs give automatic service-connection now for Vietnam vets dealing with such issues as heart disease and diabetes.
Shoshana Johnson, the first African-American female prisoner of war, was cheered at the Student Veterans of America conference, reports the Washington Post‘s Emily Wax-Thibodeaux. Johnson was taken prisoner, along with fellow soldier Jessica Lynch and four others, in 2003.
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