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1 INTRODUCTION
Pages 13-18

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... BACKGROUND In 1998, in response to the growing concerns of ill Gulf War veterans, Congress passed two laws: PL 105-277, the Persian Gulf War Veterans Act, and PL 105-368, the Veterans Programs Enhancement Act. Those laws directed the secretary of veterans affairs to enter into a contract with the National Academy of Sciences (NAS)
From page 14...
... Consequently, a VA request that IOM consider whether there is an increased risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in all veteran populations resulted in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in Veterans (IOM, 2006a) , a request for an examination of all health effects in veterans deployed to the Persian Gulf irrespective of specific exposures resulted in Gulf War and Health, Volume 4: Health Effects of Serving in the Gulf War (IOM, 2006b)
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... SCOPE OF THE REPORT The committee was charged with conducting a review of the scientific literature on the association between TBI and long-term health effects. The review included all relevant studies of human TBI in any population (occupational, clinical, and other)
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... The committee did not review general studies of "disability" as a gross measure of morbidity but rather evaluated studies that associated TBI with specific health outcomes. ORGANIZATION OF THE REPORT Chapter 2 reviews the biology of TBI and provides information on the biomechanics and pathophysiology of TBI.
From page 17...
... 2007. Gulf War and Health, Volume 6: Health Effects of Deployment-Related Stress.
From page 18...
... 2004. Mandate of the WHO collaborating centre task force on mild traumatic brain injury.


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