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UCSD study seeks Gulf War veterans

In a follow-up study to a breaking news story that found evidence linking illnesses in Persian Gulf War veterans to exposure to certain chemicals, a group of researchers at UCSD School of Medicine are launching the next in a series of studies related to Gulf War illnesses - this time seeking to help these veterans’ health.

Beatrice Golomb, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor at the UCSD School of Medicine and attending physician, VA San Diego Healthcare System, is spearheading a Department of Defense-funded clinical trial, CoEnzyme Q10 for Gulf War veterans, enrolling 40 veterans with Gulf War illness in the San Diego area.

“Gulf War veterans and their advocates have long been pleading for treatment studies - there is a strong need for approaches to reduce symptoms and suffering in affected Gulf War veterans,” said Golomb.

“This study will test whether CoQ10 will help. This compound has an excellent safety record, has benefitted similar symptoms in other settings, and we believe it may address mechanisms that underlie development of health problems in Gulf War veterans.”

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Participants must have been deployed in the Persian Gulf War during the period between Aug. 1, 1990 and July 31, 1991, and must have developed health problems during or after their participation – problems such as fatigue, musculoskeletal symptoms, or mood or cognitive changes.

All visits will be conducted on campus at UCSD School of Medicine, La Jolla.

Potential participants can contact the study coordinator, Janis Ritchie, (858) 558-4950, ext. 203, or at

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jbritchie@ucsd.edu

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