The UPI is reporting a news story that microfine sand particulate matter may be at the root of some Gulf War veterans’ illnesses.
According to the story:
U.S. Navy Capt. Mark Lyles, chairman of medical sciences and biotechnology at the Center for Naval Warfare Studies at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., and colleagues found dust particles collected in Iraq and Kuwait contain 37 metals, including aluminum, lead, manganese, strontium and tin -- heavy metals linked to neurological disorders, cancer, respiratory ailments, depression and heart disease, USA Today reported.
The dust contains 147 different kinds of bacteria, as well as fungi, the scientists say.