DATABASE: Sickened by War?

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Science  19 Jul 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5580, pp. 307
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5580.307a

Although the 2-month Gulf War killed 148 U.S. soldiers, many more have developed health problems they blame on their service in the region. These illnesses remain controversial and unexplained. For a rundown of the U.S. government's research into ailments reported by soldiers stationed in the Gulf, try Medsearch, a database sponsored by the Department of Defense and two other government agencies.

The more than 100 projects described here examine the incidence of a host of conditions, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and birth defects. Other studies investigate possible causes such as exposure to noxious smoke from oil well fires or to depleted uranium, a dense material used to increase the penetrating power of shells that some researchers suspect spurs cancer.

www.GulfLINK.osd.mil/medsearch

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