MND and Gulf War 1

The Guardian reports that soldiers who have been in the UK armed forces are 50% more likely to develop motor neurone disease than those who have never served.

The incurable neurodegenerative disease attacks nerves in the brain and spinal cord leading to progressive paralysis and affects about 5,000 people in the UK.

A number of studies in the US – where MND is known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease – linked the condition to military service in the Gulf.

Those of us who remember Gulf War Syndrome and were involved in those cases remember well the clients who suffered from MND we warned back in 1992 that there was a link between service in Gulf War 1 and MND.

The full report can be accessed here – https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/oct/25/armed-forces-veterans-increased-risk-motor-neurone-disease-mnd?CMP=share_btn_tw

 

Hilary Meredith