Gulf War and Health, Volume 10: Update of Health Effects of Serving in the Gulf War

Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Environmental Health, Military and Veterans Health, Biomedical and Health Research
Board: Board on the Health of Select Populations

Activity Description

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 IOM is conducting a series of reviews of the evidence to determine veterans' long-term health problems and what might be causing those problems. The fourth and eighth volumes in the series, released in 2006 and 2010, summarize the long-term health problems seen in Gulf War veterans. In 2014, the IOM began the final update to look at existing health problems and identify possible new ones, considering evidence collected since the last update. This committee was asked to look at several specific health concerns: neurological diseases (including Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, and Migraines), lung and brain cancer, and Gulf War illness.

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