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From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2016 16:50:08 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] HEALTH, GLOBAL: "Update of Health Effects of Serving in the Gulf War"
Update of Health Effects of Serving in the Gulf War

by Deborah Cory-Slechta and Roberta Wedge
Committee on Gulf War and Health, Board on the Health of Select Populations; Institute of Medicine; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
February, 2016

For the United States, the 1991 Persian Gulf War was a brief and successful military operation with few injuries and deaths. However, soon after returning from duty, a large number of veterans began reporting health problems they believed were associated with their service in the Gulf. At the request of Congress, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has been conducting an ongoing review of the evidence to determine veterans' long-term health problems and potential causes. The fourth volume in the series, released in 2006, summarizes the long-term health problems seen in Gulf War veterans. In 2010, the IOM released an update that focuses on existing health problems and identifies possible new ones, considering evidence collected since the initial summary.

Gulf War and Health: Volume 10, the final volume of the series, is an update of the scientific and medical literature on the health effects associated with deployment to the Gulf War that were identified in Volumes 4 and 8. This report reviews and evaluates the associations between illness and exposure to toxic agents, environmental or wartime hazards, or preventive measures and vaccines associated with Gulf War service, and provides recommendations for future research efforts on Gulf War veterans.

For a link to the entire report and other information, see 


Lenny Siegel
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