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Briefing Date:11/09/2006
Topic:Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in Veterans: Review of the Scientific Literature

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Institute of Medicine
Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice
Committee on the Review of the Scientific Literature on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in Veterans

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Congressional Briefing
Thursday, November 9, 2006
412 Russell Senate Office Bldg. – 2:00 p.m.

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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in Veterans: Review of the Scientific Literature

This new report from the Institute of Medicine reviews, evaluates, and summarizes the peer-reviewed scientific literature on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in veterans. The report finds that a limited number of studies suggest an association between military service -- including in the Gulf War -- and later development of ALS, a rare but fatal disorder also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. However, because there are so few studies, more research is needed to confirm this link.

This briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on November 10, 2006 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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