Are there studies under way that can answer, definitively, whether or not there is a Gulf War Syndrome and, if so, what are these studies and how long will they take?

A large number of studies are now in progress that will contribute to our understanding of Gulf War illnesses, including epidemiologic studies that will compare the types and frequency of illnesses in Gulf War veterans compared to veterans who did not serve in the Gulf War. This work will provide valuable information about what types of illness may have resulted from military service in the Gulf War.


Preliminary results from several of these studies should be available within the next year. In addition, more than 90 research studies are under way that will examine possible health consequences of exposure to a variety of factors present in the Persian Gulf, such as depleted uranium, pesticides, pyridostigmine bromide and chemical warfare agents.