Special Issue "Gulf War Illness, A Drug and Environmentally-TriggeredCondition"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.
Interests: Gulf War illness; organophosphate and carbamate effects
In the 1990–1991 Persian Gulf War, deployed personnel were exposed to an unprecedented array of new, unique, and excessive drug and environmental exposures. Of the ~700,000 deployed U.S. personnel, as well as smaller numbers of military personnel from other nations, about a third of those deployed developed chronic multisymptom health problems known as “Gulf War illness” (GWI). Studies tie these to drug and environmental exposures and show that combat stress is not an independent predictor. Over a quarter-century later, affected veterans continue to suffer, with symptoms including fatigue as well as cognitive, muscle, gastroenterological, and neurological problems, among others. Although many objective physiological alterations have been documented in those affected, the nature and ramifications of GWI remain incompletely understood.
These veterans view themselves as the “forgotten veterans”, given the far greater attention to the signature injuries of later conflicts. GWI represents chemical injury, contrasted with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (from psychological injury) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) (from mechanical injury).
Here we call for papers germane to GWI, encompassing epidemiological studies, studies examining biomarkers, the impact of the condition, and effects of prospective treatments. Studies involving animal models of GWI are also welcome.
Prof. Dr. Beatrice Golomb
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- Gulf War illness
- Nerve gas
- Pyridostigmine bromide
- Oil fire
- Burn pit