"It became clear during our review of the studies on GWI that the animal models and clinical work with Gulf War
veterans is now converging in a way that we haven't seen in the past, said Sullivan.
Between the two of them, the definitions capture the most common symptoms of Gulf War
illness and provide a framework for more focused research and treatment, the report said.
This is the first strategy for sick Gulf War
veterans and others who have become "chemically injured," and many have improved practicing the three A's, though it's no cure.
The Ministry of Defence has described Gulf War
Syndrome was a useful "umbrella term," but has argued it comprises too many different symptoms to be characterised as a syndrome in medical terms.
Mr Rusling, 51, from Hull, a former Parachute Regiment medic who is himself a Gulf veteran, won a ground-breaking ruling in May 2002 when a pensions appeal tribunal officially recognised Gulf War
Syndrome as a disease.
* A five-year study to evaluate the impact of resistance exercise training (RET) in treating chronic musculoskeletal pain and associated symptoms in Gulf War
Although there was sufficient evidence of an association between deployment to the Gulf and chronic multisymptom illness, also known as Gulf War
illness or Gulf War
syndrome, the committee noted that a standard definition of this type of multisymptom illness does not exist and neither does a consistent pattern of findings on physical exams or laboratory testing.
However, the MoD's official position remains that Gulf War
Syndrome is a useful "umbrella term", but comprises too many different symptoms to be characterised as a syndrome in medical terms.
military members who served in the Gulf War
have experienced some type of chronic, multisymptom illness since returning home.
Twenty-six names appear on the section for the Persian Gulf War
and 35 names have been etched on the section for the Global War on Terrorism.
During the 1990 Gulf War
, thousands of veterans developed a puzzling combination of complaints: rashes, debilitating fatigue, respiratory distress, vomiting, diarrhea, joint stiffness, panic attacks, shakiness, memory problems, headaches, sleep disturbance, sinus congestion, depression, pain, speaking difficulties, and irritability.
Veterans who served in both Gulf War
era I and Gulf War
era II are classified into the latter category.