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Date:10/29/2009

onal constipation and dyspepsia (Odds Ratio: 2.15 and 2.39, respectively). They also found that risk of FGD generally increased nearer to IGE exposure and that exposure to bacteria was associated with the highest risk overall. Importantly, 28.8% of active duty personnel studied still received FGD-related care two years after their initial diagnosis.

"In both historical and modern times, wherever and whenever military personnel have been placed into the austere environments of combat operations or humanitarian relief missions, the acute impact of IGE is present," explains Dr. Riddle. "Until now, the long term consequences of IGE exposure and the resultant consequences have not been documented or considered. Given the self-limited nature of IGE and effective antibiotic therapy, we tend to relegate these infections to mere 'battle-field nuisances'. However, our view of disease burden must extend beyond the deployment time horizon and consider the health of the sailors, soldiers, marines and airmen who return home and become veterans. Consideration of both the acute illness and chronic sequelae reinforce our need to enhance current strategies and develop novel solutions to limit and prevent exposure at the outset."

Effects of World Trade Center Cleanup Still Being Felt Shortly after September 11, 2001, high frequencies of gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) and mental health disorders (MHD) were reported among exposed World Trade Center (WTC) responders. Dr. Douglas Brand and Dr. Yvette Lam were part of a team at the Long Island WTC Responder Center that examined the results of 697 WTC responders who were seen in 2005 to determine whether these conditions persisted over time and whether they were related to one another.

Among these responders, 41 percent of those examined had GERD, more than twice the 20 percent incidence rate among the general population. Furthermore, patients with GERD also had a higher prevalence of mental health d
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Contact: Jennifer Burke Labriola
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American College of Gastroenterology
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