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Gulf War Illness: The Battle Continues

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Science  02 Feb 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5505, pp. 812-817
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5505.812

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Even before they returned home, the first Gulf War veterans had become ill. In the ensuing years, many more in some European countries and the United States started complaining of a series of medical problems, such as fatigue, headaches, muscle and joint pains, rashes, dizziness, forgetfulness, loss of concentration, and depression. Yet 10 years later, after the United States alone has spent $155 million on research, scientists are still at a loss to explain what caused "Gulf War illness."