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Gulf War Illness, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Are Distinct Disorders: Study

Posted 18 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 – The diagnosis and treatment of two conditions – chronic fatigue syndrome and Gulf War illness – could improve thanks to the discovery of distinct brain chemistry signatures in people with these disorders, researchers say. The illnesses share symptoms such as pain, fatigue, thinking problems and exhaustion after exercise. They're often misdiagnosed as depression or other ...

Why Kicking the Opioid Habit Can Be So Tough

Posted 20 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 – He was 26, a specialist fifth class with the U.S. Army, and stationed abroad, when an accident on the German autobahn sent him careening through the windshield of his car. The now 60-year-old veteran prefers to withhold his name, but not his story, of a decades-long struggle against chronic back pain and an addiction to the opioid painkillers he'd hoped would help him. ...

Predeployment Riskiest Time for Military Suicide Attempts

Posted 25 May 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 – Suicide attempts in the military aren't necessarily combat-driven. At the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. Army soldiers most likely to try to kill themselves were never deployed, new research shows. Moreover, risk was greatest just two months into service, according to the study of more than 163,000 soldiers. But the findings aren't a sign that ...

Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses Still Poorly Understood: Report

Posted 12 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 – Scientists and doctors still lack good insight into Gulf War illness and other health problems plaguing U.S. veterans of the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War, a new report says. More than $500 million in U.S. government-funded research on Gulf War veterans was conducted between 1994 and 2014, producing many results. But there has been little overall progress in understanding ...

Study: Causes of Gulf War Illness Pinpointed

Posted 2 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 – Exposure to pesticides and other toxins appears to be the cause of Gulf War illness in U.S. veterans, a new analysis states. The Boston University researchers reviewed studies on Gulf War illness, and said their findings "clearly and consistently" show a link between the disorder and exposure to pesticides and taking pyridostigmine bromide (PB) pills, which were meant to ...

Are There 2 Types of Gulf War Illness?

Posted 17 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 14 – U.S. veterans with Gulf War illness complain of different types of symptoms, and researchers now think they know why: There may be two distinct forms of the illness, depending on which areas of the brain have atrophied. "Our findings help explain and validate what these veterans have long said about their illness," said study lead author Rakib Rayhan, a Georgetown University ...

Brain Changes Could Contribute to Gulf War Illness: Study

Posted 23 Mar 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 21 – Many of the soldiers who served in the first Gulf War suffer a poorly understood collection of symptoms known as Gulf War illness, and now a small study has identified brain changes in these vets that may give hints for developing a test for diagnosing the condition. Around 25 percent of the nearly 700,000 U.S. troops that were deployed to countries including Iraq, Kuwait ...

U.S. Vets With Gulf War Syndrome Need Individualized Treatment: Report

Posted 23 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 23 – A one-size-fits-all approach to treating U.S. veterans with Gulf War Syndrome does not work, and therapy needs to be tailored to meet each patient's needs, according to a new Institute of Medicine report released Wednesday. The document – written as part of the institute's congressionally mandated Gulf War and Health series – evaluates the various treatments for Gulf War ...

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