Gulf War veterans report a higher rate of illnesses than those serving elsewhere in the military during that war.
A telephone survey of approximately 3700 veterans was reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The results showed 14.7% of Gulf War Veterans reported medical and psychiatric illnesses while only 6.6% of other Vets reported two or more medical or psychiatric conditions.
The authors say the difference between the two groups may be due to some specific exposure in the Gulf War or may be caused by the general experience of war.
Much more study is needed to find the cause of these Veterans' conditions.
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