Saturday, December 8, 2012
DoD Medical Research Seeking Anti-Diarrhea Protection
The article below is regarding new Defense medical research efforts regarding diarrhea and its debilitating effects in U.S. troops stationed overseas. The story notes over 1 million lost service days in Iraq and Afghanistan due to diarrhea.
The story of diarrhea among troops serving overseas is hardly new. However, for many 1991 Gulf War troops, their wartime diarrhea became a lifelong disability.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a condition characterized by diarrhea, constipation, or both -- and pain and other bowel symptoms -- is a VA service-connection presumptive for U.S. veterans who served in the Southwest Asia theater of operations since August 2, 1990 to a future date as yet to be determined.