Monday, March 15, 2010

Dallas Morning News: Why Gulf War Illness Research Must Continue

9:11 AM Fri, Mar 12, 2010 | Permalink
Written by Jim Mitchell/Editorial Writer

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As I've mentioned before, I'm really disappointed that the Veterans Affairs pulled the plug on UT Southwestern's research into the nature and causes of Gulf War illnesss. Vets deserve better.

But as the research is winding down, we're learning more about UTSW's advances, thanks in part to brain imaging. We're learning that something different and troubling is going on in the brains of Gulf War vets. In this piece in Science News Richard Briggs, one of the UTSW researchers, says, "In the last two years we have learned more about Gulf War Illness than we did in the previous 15."

I don't understand all of the details, but that is a job for the researchers -- to spend countless waking hours conducting meaningful research. They need to be greenlighted. And when the UTSW research ends, I'm not sure who will pick up the ball and run with it.

But I know this much. It must continue --and continue in good faith -- somewhere.

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