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    Quote Originally Posted by amenssen View Post
    This could be huge, but before anyone gets too excited there is obviously still a lot to study on this. But still. courtesy of the AP



    http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle...3aPc:_Yyc:aUUF
    This is pretty amazing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by amenssen View Post
    This could be huge, but before anyone gets too excited there is obviously still a lot to study on this. But still. courtesy of the AP



    http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle...3aPc:_Yyc:aUUF
    Wow! This would be/is incredible!
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    This is beyond disturbing... (Sorry, kirkus, but I couldn't find a good spot to cut this off and link to the rest of the article.)

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    Gulf War illness is real, new federal report says

    By Alan Silverleib
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    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- An extensive federal report released Monday concludes that roughly one in four of the 697,000 U.S. veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf War suffer from Gulf War illness.

    That illness is a condition now identified as the likely consequence of exposure to toxic chemicals, including pesticides and a drug administered to protect troops against nerve gas.
    The 452-page report states that "scientific evidence leaves no question that Gulf War illness is a real condition with real causes and serious consequences for affected veterans."
    The report, compiled by a panel of scientific experts and veterans serving on the congressionally mandated Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses, fails to identify any cure for the malady.
    It also notes that few veterans afflicted with Gulf War illness have recovered over time.
    The report, titled "Gulf War Illness and the Health of Gulf War Veterans," was officially presented Monday to Secretary of Veterans Affairs James Peak. Noting that overall funding for research into Gulf War illness has declined dramatically since 2001, it calls for a "renewed federal research commitment" to "identify effective treatments for Gulf War illness and address other priority Gulf War health issues."
    According to the report, Gulf War illness is a "complex of multiple concurrent symptoms" that "typically includes persistent memory and concentration problems, chronic headaches, widespread pain, gastrointestinal problems, and other chronic abnormalities."
    The illness is identified as the consequence of multiple "biological alterations" affecting the brain and nervous system.
    While it is sometimes difficult to issue a specific diagnosis of the disease, it is, according to the report, no longer difficult to identify a cause.
    The report identifies two Gulf War "neurotoxic" exposures that "are causally associated with Gulf War illness." The first is the ingestion of pyridostigmine bromide (PB) pills, given to protect troops from effects of nerve agents. The second is exposure to dangerous pesticides used during the conflict.
    The report does not rule out other possible contributors to Gulf War illness -- including low-level exposure to nerve agents and close proximity to oil well fires -- though it fails to establish any clear link.
    The report concludes there is no clear linkage between the illness and a veteran's exposure to factors such as depleted uranium or an anthrax vaccine administered at the time.

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/11/17...ef=mpstoryview

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    How many of our service people have suffered because of the denial? I think it's horrible and beyond sad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    How many of our service people have suffered because of the denial? I think it's horrible and beyond sad.
    One in four, Amie... One in four.

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    One in four, Amie... One in four.
    The report, titled "Gulf War Illness and the Health of Gulf War Veterans," was officially presented Monday to Secretary of Veterans Affairs James Peak. Noting that overall funding for research into Gulf War illness has declined dramatically since 2001, it calls for a "renewed federal research commitment" to "identify effective treatments for Gulf War illness and address other priority Gulf War health issues."
    And who has been in charge during this time period? It really ticks me off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    And who has been in charge during this time period? It really ticks me off.

    Just wait until 10-20 years when the illnessess associated with the current conflicts come to light...

    Really, when you think about it... one in four people will experience some form of a serious mental health issue, usually depression, at some point in their lives... The Gulf War alone may have potentially ruined the lives of up to HALF of the solders who were there... HALF! That's not even counting the large numbers who lost limbs... Or died...

    It really is enraging.

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    Many of the men, and dare I say women, who are homeless are vets no?
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    And what's the first thing some people say when you speak out against the war - how dare you dishonor the troops. Lord.


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    And what's the first thing some people say when you speak out against the war - how dare you dishonor the troops. Lord.
    Exactly.
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    One of the reasons why I could never support anyone going into the military during a time of war is that almost all veterans I've met are severely traumatized, mentally-affected-for-life people with little chance of ever finding inner peace.
    Less so with WWII (either time heals somewhat, or older people hide it better, or the support and respect soldiers received then made them feel better psychologically)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    Many of the men, and dare I say women, who are homeless are vets no?
    I used to know the percentage off the top of my head, but I can't remember for sure... I think it was something like 15-20%... But that is probably wrong.

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    The unofficial race is on for Sen. Clinton's seat here in New York. Daily Kos posted a list of who is in the running.

    Rep. Nydia Velazquez of Brooklyn. She's a Brooklyn native, like Schumer. However, she's a woman and a Latina, which would cater to two critical Paterson constituencies. Velazquez kills two birds with one stone like no other candidate.

    In addition to being the second woman and the first Hispanic to represent New York in the Senate, she'd be the first Latina Senator from any state.

    The New York Daily News reports that Velazquez is the current frontrunner. She's a perfectly solid vote, so she'd be a fine appointment from that perspective, and she'd help Paterson. The major drawback to Velazquez is that she might have some trouble holding the seat. It's not clear how well she'd run upstate.

    Rep. Jerrold Nadler of Manhattan. Nadler wants the appointment badly - if anything, he may want it too badly. He'd be a great Senator if he got it, but a Nadler appointment doesn't do much politically. If anything, it might be dangerous to Paterson to appoint another white man from NYC to the Senate.

    Rep. Brian Higgins of Buffalo. Higgins fits the bill as an upstater, and he's a generally solid vote. That said, he probably wouldn't set the world on fire as a Senator, and though he'd be better positioned than Velazquez for reelection, his appointment would lack the historic significance that appointing Velazquez would have. Higgins would be fine, but unexciting, and a backbencher.

    Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo has Washington experience from his term as HUD secretary during the Clinton administration, and a Cuomo appointment would eliminate a potential primary rival for Paterson in 2010 (although a Cuomo run against Paterson for Governor would be folly).

    Rep. Steve Israel of Long Island. Israel wouldn't exactly solve the upstate problem, and he isn't a minority. That said, he's a pretty decent vote, his Blue Dog membership aside. He'd be about as generic an appointment as one could ask for.

    Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown. He's the dark-horse pick here, but he's an exciting prospect for two reasons; he's African-American, and he's an upstater. Beyond those, he's a rising star in the state party, and would be a good vote in the Senate.

    Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand of Columbia County. She's considered a major rising star in the party; she's young, intelligent, attractive, won an upset victory in 2006 and a convincing reelection this year.

    She's a woman and an upstater, so she's a solid pick for those reasons. Only problem is her Blue Doggery, as well as the fact that she holds a seat which could go Republican in 2010. She'd be a sure thing for reelection, though.

    Rep. Michael Arcuri of Oneida County. Arcuri was considered a rising star in the party until nearly blowing his 2008 reelection against no-name opponent Richard Hanna. This has taken some of the luster off of the Congressman.

    Hillary has solid upstate support, something that surprised everyone. I think the replacement will come from upstate. Kirsten Gillibrand jumps out at me although on the local news here Nydia Velasquez was seen grilling Sec'y Paulson for almost a minute, a sure sign she's in the running for something big. They'd better throw upstate a big bone if they don't pick one of them. JMHO
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    Ginkgo Evaluation of Memory (GEM) Study Fails to Show Benefit in Preventing Dementia in the Elderly



    The dietary supplement Ginkgo biloba was found to be ineffective in reducing the development of dementia and Alzheimer's disease in older people, according to a study published in the "Journal of the American Medical Association"{1}. Researchers led by Stephen T. DeKosky, M.D., formerly of the University of Pittsburgh, vice president and dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, conducted the trial known as the Ginkgo Evaluation of Memory (GEM) study at four clinical sites over the course of 8 years. GEM is the largest clinical trial ever to evaluate ginkgo's effect on the occurrence of dementia.
    This research was co-funded by five components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH): National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM); National Institute on Aging (NIA); National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and the Office of Dietary Supplements.
    "We have made enormous progress in understanding the basic mechanisms involved in Alzheimer's disease, and we continue to pursue a vigorous program to translate what we know into the development and testing of new potential therapies for this devastating disease," said Richard Hodes, M.D., director of the NIA. "However, it is disappointing that the dietary supplement tested in this study had no effect in preventing Alzheimer's disease."
    GEM enrolled 3,069 participants age 75 or older with normal cognition or mild cognitive impairment. Those with dementia were excluded from participation. After extensive medical and neuropsychological screening, participants were randomly assigned to receive twice-daily doses of either 120 milligrams of ginkgo extract or an identical-appearing placebo. The 240 milligrams daily dose of ginkgo was selected based on current dosage recommendations and prior clinical studies indicating possible effectiveness at this dose. The products used in the study were supplied by Schwabe Pharmaceuticals, a German company.
    "According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, ginkgo is one of the top 10 natural products used by Americans," said Richard L. Nahin, Ph.D., M.P.H., acting director of the Division of Extramural Research at NCCAM. "It is important to conduct studies and build the scientific evidence base regarding botanical supplements through rigorous research, such as the GEM trial."

    Full release: http://nccam.nih.gov/research/results/gems/

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    Not sure why this is just getting coverage now. This is a good reminder that many of the supplements that people use regularly have never really undergone any kind of rigorous clinical trial and may not only be ineffective, but actually might be harmful. Though the latter doesn't appear to be the case with Ginkgo, be reminded that 1/4 of Gulf War veterans now appear to be sick, in large part due to an inadequately tested nerve gas prevention pill... Consumer be warned!

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