Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Kelly Mayo Seminar and Gulf War Syndrome

So, come to LR4 on Thursday @ 5pm! It'll be a sweet talk.

In sadder news, a new report announced that Gulf War Syndrome has officially been termed a real (and not simply psychological disease). Gulf War Syndrome probably affects 1 in 4 of the ~650,000 vets, with symptoms ranging from gastrointestinal problems, headaches, concentration difficulties, and other neurological problems. The prime suspects for this disease are pesticides and pills taken to provide protection against nerve gas.
Here's a link to the pills:
pyridostigmine bromide

Nerve agents work by blocking ACh-ase, slowing the breakdown of ACh in the synaptic cleft. The inability to breakdown ACh results in constant muscle contract, leading to death. PB works by preventing this blocking. It is taken in conjunction with other drugs to increase survival chances after exposure to a nerve agent, such as soman or sarin.
Read the CNN article: (article)