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Posted by angela d on May 29, 2000 at 01:47:42:

In Reply to: Antibodies to squalene in Gulf War syndrome posted by Angela on April 24, 2000 at 20:52:34:

: A newservice that I subscribe to had forwarded this to me. I tracked down the original study through the Pubmed search engine. I would appreciate hearing any thoughts on this.

: Exp Mol Pathol 2000 Feb;68(1):55-64
: Antibodies to squalene in Gulf War syndrome.

: Asa PB, Cao Y, Garry RF

: Department of Microbiology, Tulane Medical School, 1430 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70112, USA.

: Gulf War Syndrome (GWS) is a multisystemic illness afflicting many Gulf War-era veterans. The molecular pathological basis for GWS has not been established. We sought to determine whether the presence of antibodies to squalene correlates with the presence of signs and symptoms of GWS. Participants in this blinded cohort study were individuals immunized for service in Desert Shield/Desert Storm during 1990-1991. They included 144 Gulf War-era veterans or military employees (58 in the blinded study), 48 blood donors, 40 systemic lupus erythematosus patients, 34 silicone breast implant recipients, and 30 chronic fatigue syndrome patients. Serum antibodies to squalene were measured. In our small cohort, the substantial majority (95%) of overtly ill deployed GWS patients had antibodies to squalene. All (100%) GWS patients immunized for service in Desert Shield/Desert Storm who did not deploy, but had the same signs and symptoms as those who did deploy, had antibodies to squalene. In contrast, none (0%) of the deployed Persian Gulf veterans not showing signs and symptoms of GWS have antibodies to squalene. Neither patients with idiopathic autoimmune disease nor healthy controls had detectable serum antibodies to squalene. The majority of symptomatic GWS patients had serum antibodies to squalene. Copyright 2000 Academic Press.

dear Angela

Seeing's how my name is angela too, lets call me Angie, My husband
was stationed in Germany, during the Gulf War and Received Shots to
get him ready to go he was next in line as you might
say, He Died 6 years later, and his daughter, who was
conceived after he received these shots, now has two
major birth defects, she was born without a thyroid
and now has had two surgery's for her kidney problems
MY HUSBAND died of a massive heart attack at age,
33. I need to know more about this Antibodies to
Squalene in Gulf War Syndrome, I am not sure what
this all means or even if this pertains to us.
Thank you Angela D.

PS Please tell me how to obtain a copy of this news
letter and anything else concerning this subject.
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