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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28991135/activity-of-paraoxonase-arylesterase-and-butyrylcholinesterase-in-peripheral-blood-of-gulf-war-era-veterans-with-neurologic-symptom-complexes-or-post-traumatic-stress-disorder
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David D Haines, John E Ottenweller, Benjamin F Dickens, Fadia Fouad Mahmoud, Paul H Levine
OBJECTIVE: Two groups of Gulf War era veterans, one exhibiting blurred vision, balance problems/dizziness, tremors/shaking, and speech difficulty and a second group with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but not the neurologic syndrome, were assessed for organophosphate-detoxifying enzyme paraoxonase/arylesterase (PON1) and its Q/R isoforms, butyrylcholinesterase (BuChE) and its U/A isoforms and cytokines. METHODS: Defibrinated peripheral blood was evaluated for enzymes and cytokines...
October 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28985942/effects-of-pyridostigmine-bromide-on-sh-sy5y-cells-an-in-vitro-neuroblastoma-neurotoxicity-model
#2
VerÔnica Farina Azzolin, Fernanda Barbisan, Luana Suéling Lenz, Cibele Ferreira Teixeira, Milena Fortuna, Thiago Duarte, Marta Maria Frescura Medeiros Duarte, Ivana Beatrice Mânica da Cruz
Pyridostigmine bromide (PB) is a reversible acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitor and the first-choice for the treatment of symptoms associated with myasthenia gravis and other neuromuscular junction disorders. However, evidence suggested that PB could be associated with the Gulf War Illness characterised by the presence of fatigue, headaches, cognitive dysfunction, and musculoskeletal respiratory and gastrointestinal disturbances. Given that a potential neurotoxic effect of PB has not yet been completely elucidated, the present investigation used neural SH-SY5Y cells to evaluate the effect of PB on the cellular viability, cell apoptosis, modulation of the cell cycle, oxidative stress, and genotoxicity variables, which indicate neurodegeneration...
November 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28952299/no-evaluation-of-serum-p53-levels-in-iraqi-female-breast-cancer-patients
#3
Ferdous A Jabir, Wisam H Hoidy
Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed and the second leading cause of cancer death among Iraqi women. The population was exposed to high levels of depleted uranium following the first and second Gulf Wars and this might be a risk factor. Protein 53 (p53) or Tumor protein 53 (Tp53) was originally defined as an oncogenic protein. The aim of the study was to evaluate P-53 serum concentrations in fifty Iraqi female breast cancer patients and twenty five healthy volunteers using the ELISA technique. All these patients attended the Teaching Hospital of AL Diwaniyah during the period between June 2016 to March 2017...
September 27, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910366/role-of-mitochondrial-dna-damage-and-dysfunction-in-veterans-with-gulf-war-illness
#4
Yang Chen, Joel N Meyer, Helene Z Hill, Gudrun Lange, Michael R Condon, Jacquelyn C Klein, Duncan Ndirangu, Michael J Falvo
Gulf War Illness (GWI) is a chronic multi-symptom illness not currently diagnosed by standard medical or laboratory test that affects 30% of veterans who served during the 1990-1991 Gulf War. The clinical presentation of GWI is comparable to that of patients with certain mitochondrial disorders-i.e., clinically heterogeneous multisystem symptoms. Therefore, we hypothesized that mitochondrial dysfunction may contribute to both the symptoms of GWI as well as its persistence over time. We recruited 21 cases of GWI (CDC and Kansas criteria) and 7 controls to participate in this study...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894590/trpa1-channel-mediates-organophosphate-induced-delayed-neuropathy
#5
Qiang Ding, Sui Fang, Xueqin Chen, Youxin Wang, Jian Li, Fuyun Tian, Xiang Xu, Bernard Attali, Xin Xie, Zhaobing Gao
The organophosphate-induced delayed neuropathy (OPIDN), often leads to paresthesias, ataxia and paralysis, occurs in the late-stage of acute poisoning or after repeated exposures to organophosphate (OP) insecticides or nerve agents, and may contribute to the Gulf War Syndrome. The acute phase of OP poisoning is often attributed to acetylcholinesterase inhibition. However, the underlying mechanism for the delayed neuropathy remains unknown and no treatment is available. Here we demonstrate that TRPA1 channel (Transient receptor potential cation channel, member A1) mediates OPIDN...
2017: Cell Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888842/evidence-refuting-the-existence-of-autoimmune-autoinflammatory-syndrome-induced%C3%A2-by-adjuvants-asia
#6
Rohan Ameratunga, David Gillis, Michael Gold, Allan Linneberg, J Mark Elwood
Autoimmune/autoinflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants (ASIA) was described in 2011. Over time the condition and its triggers have broadened to include several autoimmune disorders, the macrophagic myofasciitis syndrome, the Gulf war syndrome, the sick building syndrome, siliconosis, and the chronic fatigue syndrome. The aluminum-containing adjuvants in the hepatitis B vaccine and the human papillomavirus vaccine in particular have been stated to be the major causes of the disorder. Here, we review the specificity of the diagnostic criteria for ASIA...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874927/six-sessions-of-emotional-freedom-techniques-remediate-one-veteran-s-combat-related-post-traumatic-stress-disorder
#7
Lorna Minewiser
Background: Reports show high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in Veterans who served in the Gulf Wars. Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) comprises an evidence-based practice that is highly effective at reducing symptom severity in Veterans with PTSD. The case report here is of one of the Veterans who participated in a replication study of the first Veteran Stress Research Study conducted by Church et al. Results of that study demonstrated that EFT was highly effective at treating the psychologic symptoms of PTSD...
August 1, 2017: Medical Acupuncture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864407/military-service-and-the-risk-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-a-meta-analysis
#8
Hongfei Tai, Liying Cui, Dongchao Shen, Dawei Li, Bo Cui, Jia Fang
To explore the relationship between the risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and exposure to overall military service, we conducted a search of articles relevant to military service and the risk of ALS that used human subjects and were published in English through 20 May 2016, using Ovid Medline and Embase databases. Studies specially investigating the risk of ALS for Gulf war veterans were excluded. Quality of the cohort and case-control studies was assessed according to the Newcastle-Ottawa Scale (NOS). Analysis of data and publication bias were performed with Review Manager 5...
August 29, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28832890/the-gulf-war-era-multiple-sclerosis-cohort-3-early-clinical-features
#9
M T Wallin, W J Culpepper, H Maloni, J F Kurtzke
OBJECTIVES: To present clinical features at diagnosis for a large nationwide incident cohort of multiple sclerosis (MS) among those serving in the US military during the Gulf War era (GWE). MATERIALS & METHODS: Medical records and databases from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for cases of MS with onset in or after 1990, active duty between 1990 and 2007 and service connection by the VA, were reviewed for diagnosis and demographic variables. Neurological involvement was summarized by the Kurtzke Disability Status Scale (DSS) and the Multiple Sclerosis Severity Score (MSSS)...
August 22, 2017: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810979/women-veterans-a-population-at-risk-for-fibromyalgia-the-associations-between-fibromyalgia-symptoms-and-quality-of-life
#10
Rita F D'Aoust, Alicia Gill Rossiter, Amanda Elliott, Ming Ji, Cecile Lengacher, Maureen Groer
BACKGROUND: The Institute of Federal Health Care recently published an executive summary from a round table discussion indicating that active duty and retired female military personnel are at high risk for adverse health outcomes unique to military service including complications related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), unreported sexual trauma, and musculoskeletal problems. In 2008, the Institute of Medicine began to review, evaluate, and summarize the literature on health outcomes in Gulf War-deployed and found sufficient evidence of a causal relationship with PTSD and suggestive evidence of an association with fibromyalgia (FM)...
July 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796115/cerebral-white-matter-structure-is-disrupted-in-gulf-war-veterans-with-chronic-musculoskeletal-pain
#11
Stephanie M Van Riper, Andrew L Alexander, Kelli F Koltyn, Aaron J Stegner, Laura D Ellingson, Daniel J Destiche, Ryan J Dougherty, Jacob B Lindheimer, Dane B Cook
Chronic musculoskeletal pain (CMP) affects ∼25% of the 700,000 Veterans deployed during the Persian Gulf War (1990-1991). The cause of their pain is unknown, and there are no efficacious treatments. A small body of literature suggests that brain abnormalities exist in Gulf War Veterans (GVs), yet relationships between brain abnormalities and disease symptoms remain largely unexplored. Our purpose was to compare white matter (WM) integrity between GVCMP and matched, healthy Veteran controls (GVCO) and investigate relationships between cerebral WM integrity and symptoms...
August 8, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782715/corticosterone-potentiates-dfp-induced-neuroinflammation-and-affects-high-order-diffusion-imaging-in-a-rat-model-of-gulf-war-illness
#12
Bang-Bon Koo, Lindsay T Michalovicz, Samanthan Calderazzo, Kimberly A Kelly, Kimberly Sullivan, Ronald J Killiany, James P O'Callaghan
Veterans of the 1991 Gulf War were potentially exposed to a variety of toxic chemicals, including sarin nerve agent and pesticides, which have been suspected to be involved in the development of Gulf War Illness (GWI). Several of these exposures cause a neuroinflammatory response in mice, which may serve as a basis for the sickness behavior-like symptoms seen in veterans with GWI. Furthermore, conditions mimicking the physiological stress experienced during the war can exacerbate this effect. While neuroinflammation has been observed post-exposure using animal models, it remains a challenge to evaluate neuroinflammation and its associated cellular and molecular changes in vivo in veterans with GWI...
August 4, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780478/trends-in-brain-cancer-mortality-among-u-s-gulf-war-veterans-21-year-follow-up
#13
Shannon K Barth, Erin K Dursa, Robert M Bossarte, Aaron I Schneiderman
OBJECTIVE: Previous mortality studies of U.S. Gulf War veterans through 2000 and 2004 have shown an increased risk of brain cancer mortality among some deployed individuals. When veterans possibly exposed to environmental contaminants associated with demolition of the Khamisiyah Ammunition Storage Facility at Khamisiyah, Iraq, have been compared to contemporaneously deployed unexposed veterans, the results have suggested increased risk for mortality from brain cancer among the exposed...
August 3, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762055/gulf-war-illness-gwi-as-a-neuroimmune-disease
#14
Apostolos P Georgopoulos, Lisa M James, Adam F Carpenter, Brian E Engdahl, Arthur C Leuthold, Scott M Lewis
Gulf War illness (GWI) is a chronic disease characterized by the involvement of several organs, including the brain (Christova et al., Exp Brain Res doi: 10.1007/s00221-017-5010-8 , 2017). In a previous study (Georgopoulos et al., J Neural Eng 4:349-355, 2015), we identified six protective alleles from Class II human leukocyte antigen (HLA) genes, and more recently, we investigated the brain correlates of this protection (James et al., EBioMedicine 13:72-79, 2016). Those and other studies (Israeli, Lupus, 21:190-194, 2012) suggested an involvement of the immune system in GWI...
July 31, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698487/multiple-mild-traumatic-brain-injuries-are-associated-with-increased-rates-of-health-symptoms-and-gulf-war-illness-in-a-cohort-of-1990-1991-gulf-war-veterans
#15
Megan K Yee, Patricia A Janulewicz, Daniel R Seichepine, Kimberly A Sullivan, Susan P Proctor, Maxine H Krengel
Recent research demonstrated a relation between traumatic brain injury (TBI), health symptoms and diagnosis of Gulf War Illness (GWI) in Gulf War Veterans, but no study has examined the impact of multiple mild TBIs (mTBIs). A total of 229 male Gulf War Veterans from the Ft Devens Cohort were categorized by a number of mTBIs reported. One-way ANOVA and chi-square test of independence were used to test for differences in total reported health symptoms and diagnosis of chronic multisymptom illness (CMI) or Kansas GWI criteria, two of the most common case definitions of GWI...
July 9, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692012/evidence-of-hippocampal-structural-alterations-in-gulf-war-veterans-with-predicted-exposure-to-the-khamisiyah-plume
#16
Linda L Chao, Morgan R Raymond, Cynthia K Leo, Linda R Abadjian
OBJECTIVES: To replicate and expand our previous findings of smaller hippocampal volumes in Gulf War (GW) veterans with predicted exposure to the Khamisiyah plume. METHODS: Total hippocampal and hippocampal subfield volumes were quantified from 3 Tesla magnetic resonance images in 113 GW veterans, 62 of whom had predicted exposure as per the Department of Defense exposure models. RESULTS: Veterans with predicted exposure had smaller total hippocampal and CA3/dentate gyrus volumes compared with unexposed veterans, even after accounting for potentially confounding genetic and clinical variables...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659758/chronic-oxidative-stress-mitochondrial-dysfunction-nrf2-activation-and-inflammation-in-the-hippocampus-accompany-heightened-systemic-inflammation-and-oxidative-stress-in-an-animal-model-of-gulf-war-illness
#17
Geetha A Shetty, Bharathi Hattiangady, Dinesh Upadhya, Adrian Bates, Sahithi Attaluri, Bing Shuai, Maheedhar Kodali, Ashok K Shetty
Memory and mood dysfunction are the key symptoms of Gulf war illness (GWI), a lingering multi-symptom ailment afflicting >200,000 veterans who served in the Persian Gulf War-1. Research probing the source of the disease has demonstrated that concomitant exposures to anti-nerve gas agent pyridostigmine bromide (PB), pesticides, and war-related stress are among the chief causes of GWI. Indeed, exposures to GWI-related chemicals (GWIR-Cs) and mild stress in animal models cause memory and mood impairments alongside reduced neurogenesis and chronic low-level inflammation in the hippocampus...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634886/subcortical-brain-atrophy-in-gulf-war-illness
#18
Peka Christova, Lisa M James, Brian E Engdahl, Scott M Lewis, Adam F Carpenter, Apostolos P Georgopoulos
Gulf War Illness (GWI) is a multisystem disorder that has affected a substantial number of veterans who served in the 1990-1991 Gulf War. The brain is prominently affected, as manifested by the presence of neurological, cognitive and mood symptoms. Although brain dysfunction in GWI has been well documented (EBioMedicine 12:127-32, 2016), abnormalities in brain structure have been debated. Here we report a substantial (~10%) subcortical brain atrophy in GWI comprising mainly the brainstem, cerebellum and thalamus, and, to a lesser extent, basal ganglia, amygdala and diencephalon...
June 20, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545600/hydrocarbon-assessment-and-prediction-due-to-the-gulf-war-oil-disaster-north-kuwait
#19
Yohannes Yihdego, Radwan A Al-Weshah
  Oil spill in the Gulf was the biggest disaster in history. The scale of damage was enormous, ranging from destruction caused by oil fires and oil spills, to economic decline for the Kuwaiti oil industry. The transport modelling of the freshwater aquifers in north Kuwait was undertaken to assess potential remediation scenarios using the MODFLOW-SURFACT numerical code. Three interlinked models were calibrated: flow, density (salinity), and transport. The model domain is a subregional area encompassing the Al-Raudhatain and Umm Al-Aish Basins...
June 1, 2017: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520755/neuropsychological-characteristics-of-gulf-war-illness-a-meta-analysis
#20
Patricia A Janulewicz, Maxine H Krengel, Alexis Maule, Roberta F White, Joanna Cirillo, Emily Sisson, Timothy Heeren, Kimberly Sullivan
OBJECTIVE: Gulf War illness (GWI) is a disorder related to military service in the 1991 GW. Prominent symptoms include fatigue, pain and cognitive problems. These symptoms were reported by GW Veterans (GWV) immediately after the war and were eventually incorporated into case definitions of GWI. Neuropsychological function in GW veterans has been studied both among deployed GWV and in GWV diagnosed with GWI. Results have been inconsistent between and across GW populations. The purpose of the present investigation was to better characterize neuropsychological function in this veteran population...
2017: PloS One
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