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10th July 2009 - New research

GULF WAR VETERANS WITH PARKINSON'S DISEASE

American journal of industrial medicine [2009] Jul 7 [Epub ahead of print] (Barth SK, Kang HK, Bullman TA, Wallin MT.) Complete abstract

It has been suggested that some cases of Parkinson's Disease have been caused by toxicity due to participation in the Gulf War in 1990-1991. This study assessed mortality rates in several conditions including Parkinson's Disease amongst Gulf War veterans. Over a million veterans were assessed. However, mortality rates were found to be no
greater in Gulf War veterans with Parkinson's Disease.

Mortality rates were actually lower for Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and also ALS.  However, Gulf War veterans potentially exposed to nerve agents at Khamisiyah, Iraq, and to oil well fire smoke had an increased risk of mortality due to brain cancer. As Parkinson's Disease is not a fatal illness, a better measure of the effects of the Gulf War on Parkinson's Disease would have been the prevalence of Parkinson's Disease in Gulf War veterans. However, no other studies have so far shown an increased prevalence of Parkinson's Disease in Gulf War veterans either. For more current news go to Parkinson's Disease News.

 

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