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Mystery lung infection affecting Iraq & Afghanistan veterans
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A civilian physician who has diagnosed more than 50 soldiers with constrictive bronchiolitis says the life-altering disease is linked to service in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Dr Robert Miller, of Vanderbilt University says: "This scarring of the small airways in the lungs is common in people who have had bone marrow transplants or lung transplant rejection not people who have passed military fitness exams.
"What we can say is that this disorder is linked to service in the Middle East, but we haven't been able to definitively link what the cause is for the black lacy pigment. It's something that's inhaled that shouldn't be there."
Last month the New England Journal of Medicine published a study by Dr Miller and colleagues which documented the condition of soldiers who had served in Iraq and Afghanistan and were diagnosed with constrictive bronchiolitis.
However, their analysis doesn't reveal how common the condition is in troops or positively identify the cause of constrictive bronchiolitis in troops.
The diagnoses were made after lung biopsies. At least half the soldiers have left the service with a disability rating making them eligible to receive anywhere between $123 to over $3,100 per month depending on the level of their disability and number of dependents.
In certain instances the Department of Veterans Affairs recognises a link between the disorder and service, but compensation is based on pulmonary function testing (PFT) and soldiers with constrictive bronchiolitis have normal PFT results despite having scarring of the airways, black lacy pigment in their lungs and severe exercise limitations.
A further complication is that deployed troops do not receive pre- and post-deployment pulmonary function tests that could help doctors know the extent of lung damage.
Dr Sylvia Waters serves in the US army and is a practicing anaesthetist. She used to run every day but after serving in Iraq she had to give up her passion.
"After a six-month tour in Mosul, Iraq I get shortness of breath and an excruciating burning in my lungs after running just a quarter of a mile. I can't run any more."
Army physicians tried routine tests including X-rays, pulmonary function tests and chest CT scans. They tried inhalers and steroid treatments but nothing worked and all tests results kept coming back normal.
At times, Dr Waters says she doubted herself: "I felt like I was going crazy because all these physicians kept telling me everything was coming back negative.
"It was only the fact that I was a physician and I knew other doctors that I even got diagnosed because I don't know how else I would have done it."
Dr Waters' diagnosis process involved an invasive procedure in which the chest is cut open so that a small piece of the lung can be removed for analysis.
"The procedure provided me with an answer, and although it's invasive there was a chance I could have been diagnosed with something treatable. The diagnosis was shocking because, if it's progressive, people live five to 10 years but at the same time I was relieved to finally have an answer."
http://www.channel4.com/news/mystery-lung-illness-affecting-iraq-and-afghanistan-veterans

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    • @dmorgan0628
      agree with you on that. they burned anyything and everything in the damn things...literally.
      Don't think all the pigeon shit and other nasty crap blowing around helped either. friggin countries over there are nothing but a huge cesspool

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  • vietnam part 2?

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    • @skinflint420 yes,but think of how much money they save not having to dispose of this material in deep mines and caves.

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    • @skinflint420 I was simply pointing out the main motivations behind making ammunition out of depleted uranium,idiot.are you high or something?

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    • @vargas123
      uranium is drying up in supply a bit and soon nuclear waste of the DU variety may become recyclable instead of bullets.

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    • @N4CR if it were up to me,I would ban nuclear materials entirely.except for medical use.I would rather live with little or no electricity then radiation.One hot particle in your lungs will assure you a slow painfull death.

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  • Depleted Uranium. This is a war crime to use it: the population living close to area where it have been used get cancers, leucemia, and give born to handicaped child...

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    • @michicaust yep and fuck you and your mustard gas using grandparents

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  • Remember 'Gulf War Syndrome'? This will go nowhere...

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  • One way or the other, they'll pay for their crimes.

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  • Burning trash and waste....

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    • @Burton7 High heat and yes, constantly burining human waste and trash rather than disposing of it properly, hey, what's easy and cost effective is easy and cost effetive, and lives aren't worth sh** to upper management.

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  • depleted uranium ammunition maybe?

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  • hmmm... stop smoking the afghan weed.

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    • @doinworksonnnnn It is so good though and a stress reliever. I would smoke it with the risk involved. It increases paranoia too and that could help.

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  • I wonder if it has anything to do with the smoke grenades which are used to signal for choppers/aircraft. When I was in the army a few years back I breathed in a fair amount of it and always used to make me feel sick but never had long term problems from it that I know of.

    Then again pretty much every soldier is exposed to that stuff though so maybe not. Though I suppose if you really wanted to test it you could see how the aircraft signalers lungs compare to the normal grunts. Just a random i More..

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  • Depleted Uranium........nasty shit

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  • It must be so distressing to the government that these people didn't just curl up and quietly die somewhere.

    Hopefully they will keep putting their story out there to prevent the government from sweeping them under the rug.

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  • Not finding lot of news outlets covering this,
    However I see this alot:

    "US soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with an apparently untreatable and incurable lung disease are being dismissed as out of shape because tests appear normal, writes Sarah Jones"

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  • DU?

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  • maybe there were WMD's there

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    • @dmorgan0628 You volunteered to go and kill people. don't give me that BS about defending your country - you want to know who is threatening America just look in the nearest government building. You wanted to kill mooj. Well done. It's all in your head. Sow/reap...

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    • @dmorgan0628 I hope in 5-10 years from now after you get wife and children Iraq kills you too.

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  • I guess war isnt good for you is what I understand from this.

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  • American munitions.

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  • Presumably depleted uranium dust. It is highly toxic and emits strong alpha radiation, which can cause cancer if the material is incorporated.

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