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“GULF WAR SYNDROME” MAY NOT BE REAL, BUT WASHINGTON DOESN’T CARE

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A great story yesterday in the Washington Post. Gulf War Syndrome is the idea championed by UT Southwestern’s Robert W. Haley. It says Gulf War veterans suffered–in some cases still suffer–from exposure to nerve gas, pesticides, and insect repellants during the war. But many scientists disagree. They say Gulf War Syndrome doesn’t exist. The money quote:

Overall, most scientists who have investigated the question share the same conclusion: The chance that thousands of people suffered poisoning they did not recognize at the time, and are now ill with a disease that has never been seen before, is close to nil.

Nevertheless, thanks to an earmark from Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Haley is in line to receive as much as $75 million in federal funding to further his research.

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