Blood Test Could Determine Who May Suffer from Gulf War Illness
Gulf War Illness. Ten thousand of those vets live here in Minnesota.Dr. Brian Engdahl at the
Brain Sciences Centerat the V.A. says, researchers have been testing
GWIsince 1991. What they're doing now is brand new."So we said, lets get right down to it, lets look at your genes," Engdahl said.For his study 82 vets were recruited who were interviewed and donated blood.What they found was groundbreaking. Engdahl and his fellow researchers could determine from person to person by taking blood they could figure out who would suffer from
GWIwith a high degree of accuracy.How high is the accuracy? About 90 percent.Engdahl said the breakthrough allows them to help people avoid these illnesses in the future by predicting patterns.Zimmermann said he's thankful for findings."Someone needs to get it out there that 200,000 men and women are in pain," Zimmermann said.