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Study: Military vets face elevated risk of Lou Gehrig’s disease

Veterans with ALS

Veterans are 2X as likely to develop ALS

Men who served in the U.S. military during the last century appear to have an unusually high risk of dying from Lou Gehrig’s disease, but experts are puzzled over why and are uncertain whether the apparent hazard is real.

The surprising finding comes from a study of men veterans from World War I through Vietnam. It concludes they are about 60 percent more likely than non-veterans to get the often fatal illness, known formally as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.

Even with the increased risk, however, the disease is still rare for veterans and non-veterans alike.


Legacy of Our Veterans' Military Exposures
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