Tuesday, October 25, 2016

New Study Links Chemical Alarms to Negative Brain Changes

(91outcomes.com) - Newly released study results suggest that 1991 Gulf War exposures that triggered chemical alarms damaged veterans' brain structure and function.

The study results, published this month in the peer-reviewed Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, looked at 1991 Gulf War veterans' self-reports of hearing chemical alarms going off during the war.  Previous estimates have suggested chemical alarms sounded tens of thousands of times across the Gulf War theater of operations during the six-week war to oust Iraqi military occupying forces from Kuwait.

A pair of studies in 2012 by Dr.'s James Haley and James Tuite provided new evidence that supports that chemical plumes from destroyed Iraqi chemical warfare production and storage facilities drifted down over and exposed large numbers of Gulf War troops to low-levels of sarin, mustard, and other Iraqi chemical warfare agents.

Friday, October 21, 2016

CDMRP Publicizes New Resources, including Gulf War Illness "Landscape"

(91outcomes.com) - Two significant new publicly available resources have been developed and publicly released by the Gulf War Illness Research Program (GWIRP), part of the U.S. Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).  

The Gulf War Illness Landscape

The first new GWIRP public resource, just released today, is the GWIRP's "landscape" of Gulf War illness (GWI) research.  The GWIRP prepared this Landscape as an overview of what is currently known about topics consistent with the GWIRP's integrated, three-part, Congressionally-directed mission: identifying GWI treatments; improving the definition and diagnosis of GWI; and, understanding GWI's pathobiology and symptoms.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

CDMRP-Funded Study Testing 9 Treatments for Gulf War Illness

(91outcomes.com) - A new study funded by the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) is testing nine different treatments in veterans with Gulf War Illness.

The study, Treating Gulf War Illness with Novel Anti-Inflammatories: A Screening of Botanical Microglia Modulators, is being led by Dr. Jarred Younger of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  During the course of the study, investigators will test the treatment viability of each of the nine plant-based treatments -- three in each veteran participant.