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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751049/increased-butyrate-priming-in-the-gut-stalls-microbiome-associated-gastrointestinal-inflammation-and-hepatic-metabolic-reprogramming-in-a-mouse-model-of-gulf-war-illness
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Ratanesh Kumar Seth, Diana Kimono, Firas Alhasson, Sutapa Sarkar, Muayad Albadrani, Stephen K Lasley, Ronnie Horner, Patricia Janulecewicz, Mitzi Nagarkatti, Prakash Nagarkatti, Kimberly Sullivan, Saurabh Chatterjee
Most of the associated pathologies in Gulf War Illness (GWI) have been ascribed to chemical and pharmaceutical exposures during the war. Since an increased number of veterans complain of gastrointestinal (GI), neuroinflammatory and metabolic complications as they age and there are limited options for a cure, the present study was focused to assess the role of butyrate, a short chain fatty acid for attenuating GWI-associated GI and metabolic complications. Results in a GWI-mouse model of permethrin and pyridostigmine bromide (PB) exposure showed that oral butyrate restored gut homeostasis and increased GPR109A receptor copies in the small intestine (SI)...
May 8, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29705845/exploring-the-diagnostic-potential-of-immune-biomarker-co-expression-in-gulf-war-illness
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Gordon Broderick, Mary Ann Fletcher, Michael Gallagher, Zachary Barnes, Suzanne D Vernon, Nancy G Klimas
Complex disorders like Gulf War illness (GWI) often defy diagnosis on the basis of a single biomarker and may only be distinguishable by considering the co-expression of multiple markers measured in response to a challenge. We demonstrate the practical application of such an approach using an example where blood was collected from 26 GWI, 13 healthy control subjects, and 9 unhealthy controls with chronic fatigue at three points during a graded exercise challenge. A 3-way multivariate projection model based on 12 markers of endocrine and immune function was constructed using a training set of n = 10 GWI and n = 11 healthy controls...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29674668/author-correction-exercise-induced-changes-in-cerebrospinal-fluid-mirnas-in-gulf-war-illness-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-and-sedentary-control-subjects
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James N Baraniuk, Narayan Shivapurkar
A correction to this article has been published and is linked from the HTML and PDF versions of this paper. The error has not been fixed in the paper.
April 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29660926/abnormal-rheological-properties-of-red-blood-cells-as-a-potential-marker-of-gulf-war-illness-a-preliminary-study
#4
Michael J Falvo, Yang Chen, Jacquelyn C Klein, Duncan Ndirangu, Michael R Condon
BACKGROUND: Veterans with Gulf War Illness (GWI) experience chronic symptoms that include fatigue, pain, and cognitive impairment. This symptom cluster may be the consequence of impaired tissue oxygen delivery due to red blood cell (RBC) dysfunction. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this preliminary study was to determine whether the microrheological behavior of RBCs is altered in GWI. METHODS: We recruited 17 cases of GWI (GWI+) and 10 age matched controls (GWI-), and examined RBC deformability and aggregation via ektacytometry along with measurement of complete blood counts...
2018: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29606907/detecting-chromosome-condensation-defects-in-gulf-war-illness-patients
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Guo Liu, Christine J Ye, Saroj K Chowdhury, Batoul Y Abdallah, Steven D Horne, Denise Nichols, Henry H Heng
Background: Gulf War Illness (GWI) impacts 25-30% of gulf war veterans. Due to its heterogeneity in both etiology and symptoms, it has been challenging to establish the commonly accepted case definition for GWI. Equally challenging are the understanding of the general mechanism of GWI and the development of biomarkers useful for its clinical diagnosis and treatment. Objective: We have observed that chromosome condensation defects can be detected in GWI patients...
April 2018: Current Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29600591/veteran-centred-content-in-medical-education
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Paula T Ross, Monica L Lypson
BACKGROUND: Veterans have unique experiences that warrant special consideration in health care. Unfortunately, training in veteran-centred care has not been a clear focus of medical education, and only a very small proportion of medical schools include military cultural competency in their curricula. METHODS: We conducted an 80-minute focus group with six US veterans. Open-ended questions were used to elicit their perceptions of the health care that they receive, and how it can be improved...
March 30, 2018: Clinical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29590409/motor-unit-number-estimate-and-isometric-hand-grip-strength-in-military-veterans-with-or-without-muscular-complaints-reference-values-for-longitudinal-follow-up
#7
Mian Li, Wenguo Yao, Cynthia Sundahl
Introduction: It remains unclear if Gulf War (GW) veterans have a higher risk of developing motor neuron disorder. We intended to establish baseline neurophysiological values, including thenar motor unit number estimate (MUNE) and isometric hand grip (IHG) strength, to compare future follow-ups of deployed GW veterans with or without muscular complaints. Materials and Methods: We evaluated 19 GW veterans with self-reported weakness, cramps, or excessive muscle fatigue (Ill-19) and compared them with 18 controls without such muscular complaints (C-18)...
March 26, 2018: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29570102/evidence-for-somatic-hypersensitivity-in-veterans-with-gulf-war-illness-and-gastrointestinal-symptoms
#8
QiQi Zhou, Meghan L Verne, Buyi Zhang, G Nicholas Verne
INTRODUCTION: Over 25% of Persian Gulf War (PGW) veterans with Gulf War Illness (GWI) (chronic health complaints of undetermined etiology) developed GI symptoms (diarrhea and abdominal pain) and somatic complaints. OBJECTIVES: Our study objective was to determine if veterans with GWI and GI symptoms exhibit heightened patterns of somatic pain perception (hypersensitivity) across nociceptive stimuli modalities. METHODS: Subjects were previously deployed GW Veterans with GWI and GI symptoms (n=53); veterans with GWI without GI symptom (n=47); and veteran controls (n=38)...
March 21, 2018: Clinical Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29549885/epigenetic-impacts-of-stress-priming-of-the-neuroinflammatory-response-to-sarin-surrogate-in-mice-a-model-of-gulf-war-illness
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David G Ashbrook, Benjamin Hing, Lindsay T Michalovicz, Kimberly A Kelly, Julie V Miller, Wilfred C de Vega, Diane B Miller, Gordon Broderick, James P O'Callaghan, Patrick O McGowan
BACKGROUND: Gulf War illness (GWI) is an archetypal, medically unexplained, chronic condition characterised by persistent sickness behaviour and neuroimmune and neuroinflammatory components. An estimated 25-32% of the over 900,000 veterans of the 1991 Gulf War fulfil the requirements of a GWI diagnosis. It has been hypothesised that the high physical and psychological stress of combat may have increased vulnerability to irreversible acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitors leading to a priming of the neuroimmune system...
March 17, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29548999/the-potential-of-treating-gulf-war-illness-with-curcumin
#10
Jeffrey A Leibowitz, Brandi K Ormerod
A large proportion of Gulf War Veterans suffer from Gulf War Illness (GWI) - a devastating chronic disorder characterized by heterogeneous fatigue, pain and neuropsychological symptoms. In their recent Brain, Behavior and Immunity publication entitled "Curcumin Treatment Leads to Better Cognitive and Mood Function in a Model of Gulf War Illness with Enhanced Neurogenesis, and Alleviation of Inflammation and Mitochondrial Dysfunction in the Hippocampus", Kodali and colleagues (2018) report that the polyphenol curcumin improves cognition and mood in a rat model of GWI, potentially by increasing the expression of antioxidant genes and by reversing the effects of chronic combined acetylcholinesterase inhibitor exposure on neuroinflammation, mitochondrial respiration and hippocampal neurogenesis...
March 13, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29526630/the-value-of-autoimmune-syndrome-induced-by-adjuvant-asia-shedding-light-on-orphan-diseases-in-autoimmunity
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Yahel Segal, Shani Dahan, Kassem Sharif, Nicola Luigi Bragazzi, Abdulla Watad, Howard Amital
Autoimmune Syndrome Induced by Adjuvant (ASIA) is a definition aimed to describe the common etiological process at the root of five clinical entities sharing similar symptomatology: macrophagic myofasciitis syndrome (MMF), Gulf War Syndrome (GWS), sick building syndrome (SBS), siliconosis, and post vaccination autoimmune phenomena. ASIA illustrates the role of environmental immune stimulating agents, or adjuvants, in the instigation of complex autoimmune reactions among individuals bearing a genetic preponderance for autoimmunity...
March 8, 2018: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29526415/corrigendum-to-anxiety-neuroinflammation-cholinergic-and-gabaergic-abnormalities-are-early-markers-of-gulf-war-illness-in-a-mouse-model-of-the-disease-brain-res-1681-2018-34-43
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Isabel Carreras, Nurgul Aytan, Tiffany Mellott, Ji-Kyung Choi, Margaret Lehar, Leah Crabtree, Kimberly Leite-Morris, Bruce G Jenkins, Jan Krzysztof Blusztajn, Alpaslan Dedeoglu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 8, 2018: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29514346/report-of-autonomic-symptoms-in-a-clinical-sample-of-veterans-with-gulf-war-illness
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Apollonia Fox, Drew Helmer, Chin-Lin Tseng, Lydia Patrick-DeLuca, Omowunmi Osinubi
Introduction: Previous studies suggest that autonomic dysfunction may be an underlying factor in Gulf War Illness. This study examined self-reported symptoms of autonomic dysfunction and their relationship with physical functioning among veterans with Gulf War Illness. Materials and Methods: We abstracted medical records of Gulf War Veterans clinically evaluated at the New Jersey War Related Illness and Injury Study Center between 2010 and 2016. The outcome measure was the Veteran version of the Short Form Health Survey (VR-36) physical functioning scale...
March 1, 2018: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454881/curcumin-treatment-leads-to-better-cognitive-and-mood-function-in-a-model-of-gulf-war-illness-with-enhanced-neurogenesis-and-alleviation-of-inflammation-and-mitochondrial-dysfunction-in-the-hippocampus
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M Kodali, B Hattiangady, G A Shetty, A Bates, B Shuai, A K Shetty
Diminished cognitive and mood function are among the most conspicuous symptoms of Gulf War Illness (GWI). Our previous studies in a rat model of GWI have demonstrated that persistent cognitive and mood impairments are associated with substantially declined neurogenesis, chronic low-grade inflammation, increased oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction in the hippocampus. We tested the efficacy of curcumin (CUR) to maintain better cognitive and mood function in a rat model of GWI because of its neurogenic, antiinflammatory, antioxidant, and memory and mood enhancing properties...
March 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452862/protective-effect-of-human-leukocyte-antigen-hla-allele-drb1-13-02-on-age-related-brain-gray-matter-volume-reduction-in-healthy-women
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Lisa M James, Peka Christova, Scott M Lewis, Brian E Engdahl, Angeliki Georgopoulos, Apostolos P Georgopoulos
BACKGROUND: Reduction of brain volume (brain atrophy) during healthy brain aging is well documented and dependent on genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors. Here we investigated the possible dependence of brain gray matter volume reduction in the absence of the Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) allele DRB1*13:02 which prevents brain atrophy in Gulf War Illness (James et al., 2017). METHODS: Seventy-one cognitively healthy women (32-69years old) underwent a structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging (sMRI) scan to measure the volumes of total gray matter, cerebrocortical gray matter, and subcortical gray matter...
March 2018: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440208/meta-analysis-of-self-reported-health-symptoms-in-1990-1991-gulf-war-and-gulf-war-era-veterans
#16
Alexis L Maule, Patricia A Janulewicz, Kimberly A Sullivan, Maxine H Krengel, Megan K Yee, Michael McClean, Roberta F White
OBJECTIVES: Across diverse groups of Gulf War (GW) veterans, reports of musculoskeletal pain, cognitive dysfunction, unexplained fatigue, chronic diarrhoea, rashes and respiratory problems are common. GW illness is a condition resulting from GW service in veterans who report a combination of these symptoms. This study integrated the GW literature using meta-analytical methods to characterise the most frequently reported symptoms occurring among veterans who deployed to the 1990-1991 GW and to better understand the magnitude of ill health among GW-deployed veterans compared with non-deployed GW-era veterans...
February 13, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29370011/health-status-of-gulf-war-and-era-veterans-serving-in-the-us-military-in-2000
#17
Ben Porter, Kyna Long, Rudolph P Rull, Erin K Dursa
OBJECTIVE: This research describes Gulf War and era veterans enrolled in the Millennium Cohort Study, who were sampled from US military personnel serving in 2000, and compares Health characteristics of this sample to a Department of Veterans' Affairs study sampled from the complete population. METHODS: Demographics characteristics of this sample were described. Self-reported health characteristics were compared between the two studies. RESULTS: Gulf War and era veterans in the Millennium Cohort were generally healthier than in the VA study; they had fewer medical conditions and mental health disorders and better self-reported health...
January 24, 2018: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277710/anxiety-neuroinflammation-cholinergic-and-gabaergic-abnormalities-are-early-markers-of-gulf-war-illness-in-a-mouse-model-of-the-disease
#18
Isabel Carreras, Nurgul Aytan, Tiffany Mellott, Ji-Kyung Choi, Margaret Lehar, Leah Crabtree, Kimberly Leite-Morris, Bruce G Jenkins, Jan Krzysztof Blusztajn, Alpaslan Dedeoglu
Gulf War Illness (GWI) is a chronic disease that affects the 1991 Gulf War (GW) veterans for which treatment is lacking. It has been hypothesized that drugs used to protect military personnel from chemical attacks and insects during the war: pyridostigmine bromide (PB),N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide (DEET), and permethrin (PER) together with stress may have contributed collectively and synergistically to generate GWI. There is a need to find markers of pathology to be used in pre-clinical trials. For this purpose we employed a previously validated mouse model of GWI evoked by daily exposure to PB (1...
February 15, 2018: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239837/advancing-the-role-of-neuroimmunity-and-genetic-susceptibility-in-gulf-war-illness
#19
James P O'Callaghan, Lindsay T Michalovicz, Julie V Miller, Kimberly A Kelly
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230306/cultural-shift-in-mental-illness-a-comparison-of-stress-responses-in-world-war-i-and-the-vietnam-war
#20
Rasjid Skinner, Paul M Kaplick
Objectives: Post-traumatic stress disorder is an established diagnostic category. In particular, over the past 20 years, there has been an interest in culture as a fundamental factor in post-traumatic stress disorder symptom manifestation. However, only a very limited portion of this literature studies the historical variability of post-traumatic stress within a particular culture. Design: Therefore, this study examines whether stress responses to violence associated with armed conflicts have been a culturally stable reaction in Western troops...
December 2017: JRSM Open
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