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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-20-08 12:47 PM
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Iraq War Veterans Face Allergy Risks
Source: CBS News/WebMD

Study: Soldiers Deployed To Iraq Twice As Likely As Stateside Soldiers To Develop Allergies

(WebMD) U.S. soldiers who serve in Iraq may be at increased risk of developing allergies, a new study suggests.

A review of the medical records of more than 6,000 soldiers shows that those who were deployed to the Persian Gulf were about twice as likely to have newly diagnosed allergic rhinitis (nasal allergies) after discharge, compared with those who were stationed stateside.

"All of them say they didn't have allergies before (they served)," says researcher Anthony Szema, M.D., chief of allergy at Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Northport, N.Y.

The findings, presented here at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunotherapy (AAAAI), held true for both men and women.


Szema says that the idea for the study came from Department of Defense correspondence that stated that 13 percent of U.S. Army medic visits in Iraq are for new allergies, asthma, and other respiratory ills.

Additionally, after discharge, "soldiers were showing up at VA hospitals complaining of cough, stuffy nose, and wheezing," he says.

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sce56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-20-08 01:39 PM
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1. Is that from the dust, flies and molds out there or the Immunizations they got like Anthrax
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BigDogDistrict44 Donating Member (43 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-20-08 02:05 PM
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2. If I win I hope Indiana's brave will come to me for my support !
As a Vet and member of the American Legion, I would lay down my life for my brothers and sisters any day of the week or hour of the day! If any Iraq vet's or soldier's are in Indiana Senate District 44 please...please...please e-mail me with your problem. I may not be in office yet, but I do know a few people that could help (we all know Bush has #*@&'ed you, you are not alone my friends.)

Any Democrat best wishers are welcome to stop and say hi you know, or any republicans wishing to turn from the dark side ( come on you know you want to.)
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