WASHINGTON (AP) -- A comprehensive new report on the chronic illnesses suffered by some Gulf War veterans was unable to link their problems to a specific cause.
The Institute of Medicine studied the research done on several possible causes for the veterans' syndrome: the toxic nerve agent sarin; a drug used to pretreat against exposure to nerve gas; depleted uranium; and vaccines to prevent anthrax and botulism.
But the scientists said Thursday they could not find enough evidence to link the illnesses to any single cause.
"We'd like to give veterans and their families definitive answers, but the evidence simply is not strong enough," said Harold C. Sox Jr., chairman of the committee that did the research.
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