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Brain Scans Link Nerve Anomalies To Gulf War Illness

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USA Today
March 21, 2013
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Brain Scans Link Nerve Anomalies To Gulf War Illness

Breakthrough study proves mysterious sickness that plagues more than 250,000 veterans isn't just psychological

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/03/20/research-ties-gulf-war-illness-to-brain-damage/1982817/

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GEEEEEZ!!!! Thanks a lot for posting this justrluk !

I added something to my post this AM here under the Parasite topic (info from from MOPH Training Guide)

I added and it bears repeating:

'It is my personal opinion, after years as a vet's advocate, that ,just like with Vietnam, the list of diseases and conditions ,found presumptive to GWV,OIF,OEF,OND ,will continue to grow.

After all, it only took the VA 35 Years after the Vietnam War ended (May 1975) or them to SC IHD, Parkinsons and Hairy Cell B to Agent Orange.

35 YEARS

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At least someone finally took a scientifically-based approach to prove (or disprove) physical evidence of the issues for those suffering with these diseases. Who knows, if the disease manifests itself like Alzheimer's, the same treatments to slow the diseases might work as well. Although there's no cure, there might still be hope other than pain killers and psych meds.

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Good post. I also saw that article. Question is: now that this medical study establishes that the Gulf War Illness is physiological and can be diagnosed using fMRI, what specifically is the causative agent? Is it vaccines, nerve agents, toxic fumes, virus / bacterial infection etc...what is causing this type of brain abnormality???

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The question is how long will it take the VA to either recognize the results, ignore them, or try to refute them.

(Agent Orange debacle with a different name again?)

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Another question this raises is this: with this particular scan showing results, will those currently rated with GWS be tested and re-evaluated? If so, would a test like this be the only determining factor in either granting or denying GWS?

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