Long-Term Health Effects of Blasts in Gulf War Vets - New IOM Report


Blasts from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other types of explosives have injured or killed tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.  However, some serious injuries may not be apparent or require medical attention immediately after exposure to a blast, especially for those who did not receive blunt-force trauma.


A new report by the Institute of Medicine examines the possible long-term health effects resulting from blast exposures.  This is the ninth volume of the IOM’s congressionally mandated series on health effects related to military service during wartime.



Advance copies of the report, Gulf War and Health, Vol. 9: Long-Term Effects of Blast Exposures, will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EST Wednesday, Feb. 12.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 13.  To obtain an embargoed copy, contact the National Academies' Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu.