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Release No: 312-02
June 18, 2002

ONLINE GULF WAR-RELATED MEDICAL RESEARCH LIBRARY INTRODUCED

The Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services, today announced the launch of an Internet site called Medsearch, a central repository of Gulf War-related medical research. Medsearch can be found on the Internet at http://www.GulfLINK.osd.mil/medsearch .

"This website, a cooperative effort in support of Gulf War veterans and their families, reflects the commitment of all three agencies to learning more about deployment related illnesses, and sharing what we learn," said Dr. William Winkenwerder Jr., assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs.

In July 2001, DoD, VA and CDC agreed to combine their resources to create this one-stop source of research information. The development team worked with veterans and researchers to ensure that Medsearch was user-friendly. Developers designed the website to serve the needs of both the layperson and the researcher. The site is indexed with plain language topic headings so that anyone can readily locate information. Those headings include topics of particular interest to Gulf War veterans that may not be featured in other sources, such as pesticides and depleted uranium. Scientists, who want more specific data, will find it on Medseach as well.

The goal of Medsearch's creators is to include all the federally funded research into the illnesses of Gulf War veterans in one centralized place. The site will be updated frequently to ensure that it contains the most recent and complete information available.