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Dave Cullen, "Gulf War Illness report shows cancers ignored by US government scientists," ICBUW, December 12, 2008.

A US Congressional report on Gulf War illness has accused US Government scientists of ignoring key data on the impact of depleted uranium on veterans' health.

  This led the committee to declare that the way the series was commissioned did not fulfil Congress's legal requirements, and it recommends that the government office that commissioned them should be stripped of responsibility for future research.

This is an updated version of a story first published on ICBUW's site on Dec 12th 2008. We have now added additional detail and a full review of the report. A PDF of this is available at the end of the article

In mid November, a committee set up by the US Congress released a landmark report on Gulf War Illness (GWI), an event widely reported by the media. It was considered a landmark study, as it stated categorically that the ill effects suffered by veterans of the 1990-1991 Gulf War were real, and amounted to a distinct medical condition.

The report identified two probable causes of this illness - pyridostigmine bromide (PB) pills which were given to troops to protect them from nerve agents, and pesticides which were liberally used to protect troops from insects.

However, amidst all the fuss, some damning information on the US government's response to the use of uranium weapons was completely ignored by the media. The section on DU supported ICBUW's finding that a touchstone study on US veterans affected by DU shrapnel ignored an incidence of cancer in the group.

Read the rest here => (includes links to two studies)

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