Higher Rate of Minor Birth Defects in Children of Women Gulf War Veterans

April 19, 2019

In an April 13 news release, theĀ American College of Environmental Medicine announced the results of a study of women veterans who had served in the 1990-91 Gulf War. The study by Melvin Blanchard, MD, of Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, and colleagues, included 788 children born to 522 Gulf War-era veterans. Major and minor birth defects, diagnosed by direct physical examination, were compared for offspring of veterans who were and were not deployed during the Gulf War. Women accounted for 28.5 percent of veterans in the study.

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