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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 09:08 AM
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I am asking a question for personal reasons that I cannot disclose right now
BUT...are there any really good sources regarding illnesses/diseases that have been sustained by the military in Iraq/Afghanistan? I would be most curious about neurological manifestations.

Thanks in advance.


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littlewolf Donating Member (920 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 09:09 AM
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1. DAV (Disabled American Vets)
might be a good starting point ....
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 09:37 AM
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8. Thanks. Looking at this now. n/t
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notesdev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 09:11 AM
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2. Yeah look up ALS/Lou Gehrig's Disease
Has a far higher incidence in Iraq vets in particular than normal.

check out http://alsa.org
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 09:13 AM
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3. Thank you.
I will make this my starting point.

You wouldn't happen to have a point of reference for the stats?
I believe you but this isn't just for me.
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notesdev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 09:18 AM
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4. Try these
Edited on Mon Apr-25-11 09:20 AM by notesdev
http://www.alsa.org/assets/pdfs/advocacy/als_military_p...

http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/gulfwar/associ...


My grandmother died of ALS so I may possibly carry a hereditary gene for it (10% of ALS cases are hereditary IIRC). If you know of someone who has it, please send my condolences.

Stephen Hawking is afflicted with ALS and as far as I know has survived with it longer than anyone else on record, so he's a good person to look up too.


edit to add: The higher incidence of ALS is specifically linked to the 1991 Iraq war, not the 2003 war. I do not know if there is a linkage to the latest war.
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 09:20 AM
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5. I took care of a kid that had ALS
and his Doctor and I were discussing his case.

The doctor said (paraphrased)...that if he had ALS...his thumb would have 2 twinges. The first from the disease and the second from pulling the trigger. :(

I will certainly keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
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Recursion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 09:25 AM
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6. Check the Legion
I get the American Legion's mailer and they had something about neurological problems in GSAVE vets I think two months ago. I'll post here/PM if I can dig it up.
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elehhhhna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 09:34 AM
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7. don't forget the concussive head injuries.
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