Thursday, September 11, 2014

Ill Gulf War Veterans Needed for DC/Baltimore Treatment Study

New Opportunity for Gulf War Illness Veterans

The Institute for Health and Environment, University at Albany has received funding from the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs of the Department of Defense for a Gulf War Illness research project involving veterans of the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War who live in Washington D.C./Baltimore area.

Who approved the project?                                                                                                   
The Department of Defense, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs approved this study. Fifty qualified Gulf War Veterans who suffer from Gulf War Illness are invited to participate.

What is the purpose of this study?                                                                                
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the ability of rehabilitative therapy to decrease the symptoms and improve the quality of life of Gulf War Veterans who suffer from Gulf War Illness.

Is there a cost to participate in this study?                                                                   
No. There is no cost to participate in this study.

Who will be qualified to participate in this study?                                                     
Veterans who were deployed to the Persian Gulf region any time between August 1990 to July 1991, and who are experiencing symptoms such as fatigue, muscle and joint pain, sleeping difficulties, memory problems, etc…

What are the study procedures?                                                                                       
The procedure involves modest exercise, and daily sauna therapy with a variety of nutrients. This is designed to remove the toxins from the body and reduce symptoms.

Was this therapy used before?                                                                                                
This procedure has been used with emergency responders and fire fighters from 9/11. 

How long will this study last?                                                                                            
 The sauna step will last about 4-6 weeks, with follow-ups three months later.

When and where will the study be conducted?                                                            
We are starting to recruit Gulf War Illness veterans right now. The therapy facility is located in Annapolis, Maryland.

This trial is registered with Identifier: NCT01672710.

For more Information, Contact:   

Dr. Crystal Grant                                                        David O. Carpenter, MD                                Study Coordinator                                                      Principal Investigator                     
University at Albany                                                  Director, Institute for Health & the                             Tel: 667-217-0218                                                      Environment, University at Albany                                                           Tel: 518-525-2660;                    

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