Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Being in Iraq can shrink your brain

Ah, this is not good news. This newsflash from Military.com tells us of a government-funded study 's just released report stating that veterans of the first Gulf war are suffering from shrunken brains.

Veterans Exhibit Brain Differences

Week of May 14, 2007

Veterans of the first Gulf War who developed numerous health complaints have areas of the brain that are measurably smaller than those of healthier vets, according to a new study. The results of the U.S. government-funded study provide some of the first hard evidence that veterans from the 1990 to 1991 conflict are suffering from a real neurological illness, researchers say. The findings are preliminary and do not confirm that wartime exposures changed the veterans' brains, only that differences exist.
Notice the disclaimer: "the findings are preliminary"... like it's only been 16 freaking years.

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