IOM Releases Gulf War and Health: Treatment for Chronic Multisymptom Illness


“WASHINGTON — There is no single therapy or universal treatment approach that will help all veterans experiencing chronic multisymptom illness (CMI), says a new report from the Institute of Medicine [IOM].  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs should customize care with an array of therapies tailored to each former service member’s needs, said the committee that wrote the report …

“CMI [Chronic Multisymptom Illness] shares characteristics with other conditions marked by chronic, medically unexplained symptoms, but its symptoms are not fully captured by other recognized syndromes.  Formerly dubbed Gulf War Syndrome, CMI affects roughly one-third of veterans of the 1991 Persian Gulf War.  Many personnel who served in the more recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have reported similar symptoms.  In comparison, conditions involving chronic, unexplained symptoms affect roughly one-fourth of the general U.S. population.” (IOM Press Release) Read the Press Release


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