Gulf War Veterans face increased health risks - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/9/10

Gulf War Veterans face increased health risks

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By Kristin Beerman | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – We've heard for some time that Gulf War Veterans face an increased risk for post traumatic stress disorder, but a new study finds the threat of illness and even accident after returning from the Gulf War is much greater than previously thought. The study finds roughly one of every three Gulf War Veterans suffers from persistent unexplained symptoms, a number that amounts to 250,000 Vets.

The study also found that ALS appears to be more common among Gulf War Veterans, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, that's a crippling, fatal nerve disease. The study suggests much needs to be done to make sure the vets experiencing unexplained symptoms get the medical attention they need.

The study found that Gulf War Vets also appear to have an increased risk for fibromyalgia and chronic widespread pain, sexual difficulties and deaths from car accidents.  Inadequate evidence could be found in links to cancer, blood disease, hormone imbalances, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, birth defects, pregnancy or fertility problems.

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