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Imaging study may show brain changes in Gulf War illness

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Ecoclimber, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. Ecoclimber

    Ecoclimber Senior Member

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    http://www.nbcnews.com/id/51261109/ns/health-mens_health/

    ....It’s only a small study and it doesn’t show anything definitive. But veterans like Ward are eager to seize on anything that might explain their symptoms. “I am in pain every day. My muscles hurt all the time,” says Ward, who can’t work full time because of his pain and fatigue.

    The team working in the lab of Dr. James Baraniuk at Georgetown University found what looks like damage in the white matter of the brains of Gulf War veterans suffering pain and fatigue. They used a kind of brain scan called functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI.

    There has been similar studies in ME/CFS more specifically by Natelson who will be conducting another research project using brain scans.

    http://www.research1st.com/2011/10/07/brainiacs/

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    "Evidence of brain damage link to Gulf War illness may end up benefiting others"

    By USA Today

    Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 7:00 p.m.

    http://triblive.com/usworld/nation/3699672-74/war-gulf-illness#axzz2O8uUvX8b
    See also: http://www.armytimes.com/news/2013/03/military-gulf-war-study-032013/;
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...ies-gulf-war-illness-to-brain-damage/1982817/
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    Increased Brain White Matter Axial Diffusivity Associated with Fatigue, Pain and Hyperalgesia in Gulf War Illness

    Rakib U. Rayhan, Benson W. Stevens, Christian R. Timbol, Oluwatoyin Adewuyi, Brian Walitt, John W. VanMeter, James N. Baraniuk

    http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0058493#pone.0058493-Barnden1
    Open Access; Peer-Reviewed
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  4. Valentijn

    Valentijn Activity Level: 3

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    From the intro in the study:
    And from the methods section:
    And they go on to refer to CFS about ten times in the paper, mostly repeating the above points.
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  5. Ember

    Ember Senior Member

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    Add damaged white matter to already reduced grey matter:(:

    Gray Matter volume reduction in chronic fatigue syndrome

    Floris P. De Lnage, Joke S. Kalkman, Gijs Bleijenberg, Peter Hagoort, Jos W.M van der Meer, and Ivan Toni
    Received 28 September 2004; revised 11 January 2005; accepted 18 February 2005
    Available online 7 April 2005
  6. adreno

    adreno 3% neanderthal

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    Lithium can increase grey matter. Don't know about the white, though.
  7. Marco

    Marco Old blackguard

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    So can CBT - but we'll keep that to ourselves!
  8. adreno

    adreno 3% neanderthal

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    Yeah, lol. It's likely that just using your brain will do it, CBT or not.
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    Dr. Klimas said that the symptom picture for GWI and ME/CFS is identical but I believe she said that the causes and physiology are different. However, in my opinion, we could certainly benefit from this research and from finding the kind of brain scan and analysis that could be a diagnostic tool. I have long thought that ME/CFS is primarily neurological, whatever its cause--in the immune system, genetic background, etc. Dr. Byron Hyde has been promoting a certain kind of SPECT scan and analysis as a diagnostic tool for years, but this hasn't caught on yet. More research needed?

    Another way we've been similar to the veterans is in how shamelessly we've been overlooked and sidelined to the psychiatrists, in how some money has been allocated to government agencies for research and care, but in how this has never made it down the chain to patient care.

    Politically, I hope we do join forces with the veterans with GWI to push for accurate diagnoses to start with, and better care.
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  11. MishMash

    MishMash *****

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    I wish Klimas would offer some logical reason why the "cause and physiology are different." They were soldiers (human beings) put through a hugely stressful process of being mobilized and put into a war situation in a hostile land. A fraction of them reacted the same way many of us would have reacted to an intensely emotional stressful situation. A harmful shift in the immune system. I'm not sure the good doctor isn't tied to GWI, frankly, out of personal affection for the patients she is seeing, and also as a continued source of research funding. Also, I'm not convinced that 25% of veterans are victims of GWI. That sounds very high.
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    Dr. Gordon Broderick comments (starting here at 19:30) on resting states and immune-endocrine modulation in GWI and CFS: “This is for males only...and what we see is that chronic fatigue syndrome, as a persistent state, is quite far removed from the ones that occur naturally. Gulf War Illness, much less so....” See particularly the discussion at 26:00 – 28:00.
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    Thanks for posting, I'm glad to see that they have found something and also the Baraniul is involved!
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    I can't comment on the science. But the toxicity issue is very real - as witnessed by the amount of Iraqi children now being born with serious birth defects due ordinance used during that conflict.
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    Great news (sadly) - can we hope the psychos go permanently back into their hutches now. But how late this research is - why. Ten years ago MRIs showed "high intense spots" on my brain. My Neuroloigist baffled. Though reduced to a standstill, what and where precisely needs answers.
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