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'Many US vets suffer from lung problems'
Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:37AM|
Many US troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan are suffering from serious respiratory problems even after they returned home.
A large number of US troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan are suffering from serious respiratory problems, a research has suggested.
The research found that more than 80,000 US service members, deployed to the war-torn countries since 2001, are experiencing post-deployment breathing problems, such as coughing, wheezing or chest pains, The New York Times reported.
The survey said that US troops' symptoms began during their deployment and continued after they returned home.
The soldiers are said to be more likely to develop new cases of asthma than those who were not deployed to the field.
US officials blame dust storms and toxic materials used in military bases for the problem, but researchers believe that the ailments are more complex and potentially lifelong.
The researchers have criticized the US government for not addressing the issue properly, questioning whether the administration has acted swiftly enough to study the effects of prolonged exposure to dust, allergens and pollution in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“I'm concerned that this exposure is not getting the serious review it needs,” said Captain Mark Lyles, the chairman of medical sciences and biotechnology at the Center for Naval Warfare Studies in Newport in the US state of Rhode Island.
According to Dr. Robert F. Miller, who conducted lung biopsy on some of the previously deployed veterans, a significant number of US troops have constrictive bronchiolitis.