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Briefing Date:09/11/2006
Topic:Gulf War and Health: Volume 4. Health Effects of Serving in the Gulf War

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Institute of Medicine
Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice
Committee on Gulf War and Health: A Review of the Medical Literature Relative to the Gulf War Veterans’ Health

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Congressional Briefings
Monday, September 11, 2006
412 Russell Senate Office Bldg. – 1:00 p.m.
and
340 Cannon House Office Bldg. – 2:00 p.m.

on

Gulf War and Health: Volume 4. Health Effects of Serving in the Gulf War

One in a series of reports requested by Congress in P.L. 105-277 and P.L. 105-368, Gulf War and Health: Volume 4. Health Effects of Serving in the Gulf War, summarizes in one place the current status of health effects in veterans deployed to the Persian Gulf irrespective of exposure information. Although veterans of the first Gulf War report more symptoms of illness than non-deployed soldiers, and there may be increased incidence of a rare neurologic disease (ALS), no cluster of symptoms unique to Gulf War veterans has been found nor any increase in mortality or hospitalizations.

These series of briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on September 12, 2006 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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