Navigation Links
U.S. Vets With Gulf War Syndrome Need Individualized Treatment: Report
Date:1/23/2013

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 23 (HealthDay News) -- A one-size-fits-all approach to treating U.S. veterans with Gulf War Syndrome does not work, and therapy needs to be tailored to meet each patient's needs, according to a new Institute of Medicine report released Wednesday.

The document -- written as part of the institute's congressionally mandated Gulf War and Health series -- evaluates the various treatments for Gulf War Syndrome in veterans of the 1991 conflict and recommends best approaches to managing their care.

The official name for Gulf War Syndrome is chronic multisystem illness (CMI), which is defined as having symptoms in at least two of six categories -- fatigue, mood and cognition (thinking ability and memory), musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, respiratory and neurologic -- for at least six months.

The condition affects at least one-third of veterans of the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Similar symptoms have been reported in many military personnel who served in the more recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Based on the voluminous evidence we reviewed, our committee cannot recommend using one universal therapy to manage the health of veterans with chronic multi-symptom illness, and we reject a one-size-fits-all treatment approach," committee chairman Bernard Rosof, chairman of the board of directors at Huntington Hospital, in Huntington, N.Y., said in an institute news release. "Instead, we endorse individualized health care management plans as the best approach for treating this very real, highly diverse condition."

The report listed many treatment approaches that might help these veterans, including certain antidepressant drugs and cognitive behavioral therapy. Other possibilities mentioned for further research include biofeedback, aerobic exercise and acupuncture.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs should adopt a new strategy of creating "CMI champions" to help its health care providers better assist Gulf War Syndrome patients, who often have complex symptoms and needs, the report said.

To improve the government's ability to identify veterans with Gulf War Syndrome, patients' electronic medical records should prompt health care providers to ask patients about possible symptoms, the report recommended.

In addition, veterans should undergo a comprehensive health examination immediately after they leave active duty, and the results of these exams should be available to health care providers both within and outside the VA health system to ensure continuity of care.

The cause or causes of Gulf War Syndrome will never fully be determined, the report said, but this does not mean that veterans' reports of symptoms are not legitimate.

More information

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has more about Gulf War veterans' illnesses.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Institute of Medicine, news release, Jan. 23, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Second impact syndrome: A devastating injury to the young brain
2. Dr. Farshchian: Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome Now Treated at the Center for Regenerative Medicine
3. FDA Panel Recommends Against 1st Drug for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
4. Test to detect pre-menstrual syndrome
5. FDA Panel Considers 1st Drug for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
6. Cleveland Clinic researcher identifies 2 new genetic mutations associated with Cowden syndrome
7. First patients in US receive non-surgical device of sunken chest syndrome
8. Scans Spot Brain Changes in Patients With Concussion Syndrome
9. MRI shows brain disruption in patients with post-concussion syndrome
10. Adenotonsillectomy may help resolve obstructive sleep apnea in children with Prader-Willi syndrome
11. A new way of looking at Prader-Willi Syndrome
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
U.S. Vets With Gulf War Syndrome Need Individualized Treatment: Report
(Date:7/21/2017)... ... July 21, 2017 , ... ... selected to renovate and improve the Ramsey County Medical Examiners Facility located in ... Hospital, the $2.5 million project is scheduled to start in late 2017/early 2018. ...
(Date:7/21/2017)... ... 21, 2017 , ... Bernard R. Bach, Jr., MD, orthopaedic surgeon at Rush ... Society of Sports Medicine (AOSSM) , received the 2017 Robert E. Leach Sports Medicine ... Canada. This prestigious award is given annually to honor those who have made a ...
(Date:7/21/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... July 21, 2017 , ... ... 4th-year medical students improve their chances of acceptance to a residency in a ... who have earned degrees outside the U.S. , According to data released by ...
(Date:7/21/2017)... TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA (PRWEB) , ... July 21, ... ... with over 80% follow-up at 10 years, researchers from the Multicenter Orthopaedics Outcome ... knee-related quality of life a decade after surgery, though activity levels decline over ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... July 20, 2017 , ... ChenMed ... MD, has joined JenCare Senior Medical Center as Richmond Chief Medical Officer. ... School of Medicine, and Associate Chief Medical Officer of Ambulatory Services for the UVA ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/13/2017)... 2017  New York City-based market research firm Kalorama Information ... aware of.  From new products to new costs, to the ... recently completed study, Potential Pipeline Disruptors . ... 1.  Age-Driven Growth - True Impact Moment Arriving ... the impact the growing population and, to a more extreme ...
(Date:7/11/2017)... , July 11, 2017  The global market ... revenues of approximately $394.1 million in 2016.  Although in ... of solid growth, in particular as a result of ... practice, and the recent introduction of a significant number ... for less-invasive testing of tumor biomarkers to guide treatment ...
(Date:7/10/2017)... Md. , July 10, 2017 The ... non-animal test methods, is the recipient of a VITROCELL® ... the PETA International Science Consortium. The device, which is ... used to expose human lung cells to airborne test ... IIVS will use the VITROCELL® system for testing combustible ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: