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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810979/women-veterans-a-population-at-risk-for-fibromyalgia-the-associations-between-fibromyalgia-symptoms-and-quality-of-life
#1
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
#2
Stephanie M VanRiper, 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 (1990-91). 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
#3
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
#4
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
#5
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
#6
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
#7
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
#8
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
#9
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
#10
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
#11
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507260/reprogramming-cells-from-gulf-war-veterans-into-neurons-to-study-gulf-war-illness
#12
Liang Qiang, Anand N Rao, Gustavo Mostoslavsky, Marianne F James, Nicole Comfort, Kimberly Sullivan, Peter W Baas
Gulf War illness (GWI), which afflicts at least 25% of veterans who served in the 1990-1991 war in the Persian Gulf, is thought to be caused by deployment exposures to various neurotoxicants, including pesticides, anti-nerve gas pills, and low-level nerve agents including sarin/cyclosarin. GWI is a multisymptom disorder characterized by fatigue, joint pain, cognitive problems, and gastrointestinal complaints. The most prominent symptoms of GWI (memory problems, poor attention/concentration, chronic headaches, mood alterations, and impaired sleep) suggest that the disease primarily affects the CNS...
May 16, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500787/corticosterone-primes-the-neuroinflammatory-response-to-gulf-war-illness-relevant-organophosphates-independently-of-acetylcholinesterase-inhibition
#13
Alicia R Locker, Lindsay T Michalovicz, Kimberly A Kelly, Julie V Miller, Diane B Miller, James P O'Callaghan
Gulf War Illness (GWI) is a chronic multi-symptom disorder affecting veterans of the 1991 Gulf War. Among the symptoms of GWI are those associated with sickness behavior, observations suggestive of underlying neuroinflammation. We have shown that exposure of mice to the stress hormone, corticosterone (CORT), and to diisopropyl fluorophosphate (DFP), as a nerve agent mimic, results in marked neuroinflammation, findings consistent with a stress/neuroimmune basis of GWI. Here, we examined the contribution of irreversible and reversible acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitors to neuroinflammation in our mouse model of GWI...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487058/plutonium-and-cesium-baseline-concentrations-in-seawater-from-northern-arabian-gulf
#14
S Uddin, A Aba, M Behbehani, A N Al-Ghadban, W Al-Zekri, H Al-Shammari
The Arabian Gulf is a semi-enclosed water body that has witnessed accelerated anthropogenic activity, in terms of commissioning of nuclear power plants, desalination facilities, oil refineries and extensive coastal development. Furthermore, three wars during the past three decades is a potential worry. This study presents the first plutonium baseline in seawater from the Northern Arabian Gulf. The (239+240)Pu concentrations in seawater vary, between 2.9 and 4.9mBqm(-3), a range that is comparable to other water masses at this latitude...
May 6, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486955/changes-in-affect-after-completing-a-mailed-survey-about-trauma-two-pre-and-post-test-studies-in-former-disability-applicants-for-posttraumatic-stress-disorder
#15
Maureen Murdoch, Shannon Marie Kehle-Forbes, Melissa Ruth Partin
BACKGROUND: One potential concern with using mailed surveys containing trauma-related content is the possibility of re-traumatizing survivors without a trained mental health professional present. Prior research provides insufficient guidance regarding the prevalence and magnitude of this risk because the psychological harms of trauma-related surveys have typically been estimated using single post-test observations. Post-test observations cannot quantify magnitude of change in participants' emotional states and may over or under estimate associations between participants' characteristics (risk factors) and post-survey upset...
May 10, 2017: BMC Medical Research Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471062/pharmacologically-increasing-microtubule-acetylation-corrects-stress-exacerbated-effects-of-organophosphates-on-neurons
#16
Anand N Rao, Ankita Patil, Zachary D Brodnik, Liang Qiang, Rodrigo A España, Kimberly A Sullivan, Mark M Black, Peter W Baas
Many veterans of the 1990-1991 Gulf War contracted Gulf War Illness (GWI), a multisymptom disease that primarily affects the nervous system. Here, we treated cultures of human or rat neurons with diisopropyl fluorophosphate (DFP), an analog of sarin, one of the organophosphate (OP) toxicants to which the military veterans were exposed. All observed cellular defects produced by DFP were exacerbated by pretreatment with corticosterone or cortisol, which, in rat and human neurons, respectively, serves in our experiments to mimic the physical stress endured by soldiers during the war...
July 2017: Traffic
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462701/depleted-uranium-and-human-health
#17
Armando Faa, Clara Gerosa, Daniela Fanni, Giuseppe Floris, Peter Van Eyken, Joanna Izabela Lachowicz, Valeria Marina Nurchi
Depleted uranium (DU) is generally considered an emerging pollutant, first extensively introduced into environment in the early nineties in Iraq, during the military operation called "Desert Storm". DU has been hypothesized to represent a hazardous element both for soldiers exposed as well as for the inhabitants of the polluted areas in the war zones. In this review, the possible consequences on human health of DU released in the environment are critically analyzed. In the first part, the chemical properties of DU and the principal civil and military uses are summarized...
April 25, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453542/phospholipid-profiling-of-plasma-from-gw-veterans-and-rodent-models-to-identify-potential-biomarkers-of-gulf-war-illness
#18
Tanja Emmerich, Zuchra Zakirova, Nancy Klimas, Kimberly Sullivan, Ashok K Shetty, James E Evans, Ghania Ait-Ghezala, Gary S Laco, Bharathi Hattiangady, Geetha A Shetty, Michael Mullan, Gogce Crynen, Laila Abdullah, Fiona Crawford
Gulf War Illness (GWI), which affects at least one fourth of the 700,000 veterans deployed to the Gulf War (GW), is characterized by persistent and heterogeneous symptoms, including pain, fatigue and cognitive problems. As a consequence, this illness remains difficult to diagnose. Rodent models have been shown to exhibit different symptomatic features of GWI following exposure to particular GW agents (e.g. pyridostigmine bromide, permethrin and DEET) and/or stress. Preclinical analyses have shown the activation of microglia and astroglia as a pathological hallmark in these mouse and rat models...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440992/-autoimmune-inflammatory-syndrome-induced-by-adjuvants-a-new-clinical-entity
#19
Belkis Ferrer-Cosme, Damiana Téllez-Martínez, Alexander Batista-Duharte
Recently Shoenfeld and Agmon-Levin proposed a new clinical entity called autoimmune/inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants (ASIA), which includes four clinical entities called: 1) siliconosis, 2) Gulf War syndrome, 3) macrophage myofasciitis) and 4) post-vaccination phenomenon associated with adjuvants. They all have a common denominator: a prior exposure to immunoadjuvants, and, in addition, they also share several clinical criteria associated to chronic inflammation and autoimmune reactions. This proposal still needs to be validated by the scientific community, but nowadays is a topic of hot discussion in the literature and in various international conferences...
May 2017: Revista Médica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406803/investigating-clinical-benefits-of-a-novel-sleep-focused-mind-body-program-on-gulf-war-illness-symptoms-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#20
Yoshio Nakamura, David L Lipschitz, Gary W Donaldson, Yuri Kida, Samuel L Williams, Richard Landward, Don W Glover, Gavin West, Ashok K Tuteja
OBJECTIVE: Mind-Body Bridging (MBB) has been shown to be effective for improving disturbed sleep. In this prospective randomized controlled trial, we evaluated the efficacy of sleep-focused MBB compared with sleep education control (SED) for improving sleep in previously deployed Gulf War veterans. METHODS: US military service members with sleep and physical health complaints who were deployed in 1990-1991 were randomized to receive three weekly sessions of either MBB (n = 33) or SED (n = 27) between 2012 and 2015...
July 2017: Psychosomatic Medicine
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