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Research Update - October 2004


The following journal articles were distributed for review in October 2004.  You can access the article's abstract by copying the paper title and pasting it into the search bar of the PubMed website, linked here. 

1. Organophosphorus ester-induced chronic neurotoxicity.    (Abou-Donia  MB  .  Arch Environ Health.  Aug 2003; 58(8): 484-497)
2. Fibrogenic cytokine levels in bronchoalveolar lavage aspirates 15 years after exposure to sulfur mustard.  (Aghanouri R, et al.  Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol.  Jul 30, 2004 [Epub ahead of print]
3. Depression in veterans of the first Gulf War and comparable military controls.  (Black DW, et al.  Ann Clin Psychiatry.  Apr-Jun 2004: 16(2): 53-61)
4. Effect of galantamine hydrobromide in chronic fatigue syndrome: a randomized controlled trial.  (Blacker CV, et al.  JAMA.  Sep 8, 2004; 292(10): 1195-1204)
5. Why do people report better health by phone than by mail?  (Brewer NT, et al.  Med Care.  Sep 2004; 42(9): 875-883)
6. Clinical and laboratory assessment of distal peripheral nerves in Gulf War veterans and spouses.   (Davis  LE, et al.  Neurology.  Sep 28, 2004; 63(6): 1070-1077)
7. Genetic and environmental factors modulating serum concentrations and activities of the anti-oxidant enzyme, paraoxonase-1.   (Deakin SP, James RW.  Clin Sci (Lond).  Jul 20, 2004 [Epub ahead of print])
8. Cholinesterase inhibitors: new roles and therapeutic alternatives.  (Giacobini E.  Pharmacol Res.  Oct 2004; 50(4): 433-440)
9. Blunted circadian variation in autonomic regulation of sinus node function in veterans with Gulf War Syndrome.   (Haley RW, et al.   Am J Med.  Oct 1, 2004; 117: 469-478)
10. Combat duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, mental health problems, and barriers to care.  (Hoge CW, et al.  N Engl J Med.  Jul 1, 2004; 351(1): 75-77)
11. Gulf War veterans’ illnesses: a pilot study of the relationship of illness beliefs to symptom severity and functional health status.  (Hunt SC , et al.  J Occup Environ Med.  Aug 2004; 46(8): 818-827)
12. War-related psychological stressors and risk of psychological disorders in Australian veterans of the 1991 Gulf War.  (Ikin JF, et al.  Br J Psychiatry.   Aug 2004; 185: 116-126)
13. Poster 149 quantitative balance and self-reported health status in medically unexplained illness.   (Ismailu O, et al.  Arch Phys Med Rehabil .  Sep 2004; 85(9): E34) 
14. Bioterrorism and compulsory vaccination.    (Jefferson  T.  BMJ.  Sep 27, 2004; 329: 524-525)
15. Respiratory health status of Australian veterans of the 1991 Gulf War and the effects of exposure to oil fire smoke and dust storms.   (Kelsall HL, et al.  Thorax.  Oct 2004; 59(1): 897-903)
16. Elevated frequency of sister chromatid exchanges of lymphocytes in sarin-exposed victims of the Tokyo sarin disaster 3 years after the event.  (Li Q, et al.  Toxicology.  Sep 1, 2004; 201(1-3): 209-217)
17. Dichotomous factor analysis of symptoms reported by UK and US veterans of the 1991 Gulf War.  (Nisenbaum R, et al.  Popul Health Metr.  Sep 3, 2004; 2(1): 8 [Epub Sep 3, 2004])
18. Sick veterans pin hopes on Gulf War inquiry.   (Osumi-Sutherland D.  Nature.  Aug 19, 2004; 430(7002): 821)
19. Depleted uranium: an overview of its properties and health effects.   (Shawky S.  East Mediterr Health J.  Mar-May 2002; 8(2-3): 432-439)
20. Block of neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors by organophosphate insecticides.  (Smulders CJ.  Toxicol Sci.  Sep 1, 2004 [Epub ahead of print])
21. Pharmacotherapy of chronic fatigue syndrome: another gallant attempt.  (Straus SE.  JAMA.  Sep 8, 2004; 292(10): 1234-1235)
22. An in vitro investigation of the effects of the nerve agent pretreatment pyridostigmine bromide on human peripheral blood T-cell function.  (Telford  G, et al.  Int. Immunopharmacol.  Nov 2004; 4(12): 1455-1466)
23. Cardiac autonomic dysfunction in Gulf War syndrome: Veterans’ hearts don’t rest at night.  (van de Borne P.  Am J Med.  Oct 1, 2004; 7(7): 531-532)
24. Long-term pulmonary complications in combatants exposed to mustard gas: a historical cohort study.  (Zarchi K, et al.  Int J Epidemiol.  Jun 2004; 33(3): 579-581)
25. Association of paraoxonase 1 gene polymorphisms with risk of Parkinson’s disease: a meta-analysis.  (Zintzaras E, et al.  J Hum Genet.  Aug 4, 2004 [Epub ahead of print])

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