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Gulf War syndrome is a widely used term to refer to the unexplained illnesses occurring in Gulf War veterans.
The following are the most common symptoms of Gulf War syndrome. However, each person experiences symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
According to a report released by the Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) in late 2008, about 25 percent to 32 percent of Gulf War veterans suffer from Gulf War syndrome.
Possible causes include:
While there is no specific treatment for Gulf War syndrome, research suggests than an approach called cognitive-behavioral therapy may help patients with non-specific symptoms syndromes lead more productive lives by actively managing their symptoms.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is conducting a two-year, scientifically controlled study to determine the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral therapy for veterans with these symptoms.
Research into Gulf War syndrome, which remains controversial, is taking place in research centers around the country.