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Monday, July 13, 2009

New clues to the causes of multiple sclerosis 


Regular readers know that multiple sclerosis is a subject of personal interest to me, and that I occasionally pass along news on the science of that disease, included research into its causes, which are as yet undetermined. Well, there are, possibly, significant new developments on that front.


4 Comments:

By Anonymous billy Bob Corncob, at Tue Jul 14, 12:11:00 AM:

Is there a geographical correlation with MS?  

By Anonymous JC, at Tue Jul 14, 03:00:00 AM:

"Is there a geographical correlation with MS?"

Yes. Very strong. Here in NZ we have recently concluded a study where we believe we have found 96% of all people with MS and have a high percentage of returns and interviews.

These show that the rate of MS is 50/100,000 in the North of the country (closest to the equator) compared to 150/100,000 in the far South (nearest to Antactica).

We have a full workup of ethnicity as well, so Europeans might have a general 80/100,000, Asians 8/100,000 and Maori and pacific Islanders 2/100,000.

You never know, we might find some corelationship between the groups and the stenosis.

JC  

By Blogger TigerHawk, at Tue Jul 14, 05:55:00 AM:

I do not have the data at my fingertips, but Scandinavians have high rates as well, including Scandinavian-Americans. Of course, most Americans who are all or mostly Scandinavian live in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and the Dakotas, also very northern.  

By Blogger W, at Tue Jul 14, 01:45:00 PM:

This is very interesting information and also led me to information on inclined bed therapy. I was very recently diagnosed with MS and no doctor has ever mentioned inclined sleeping. It's certainly worth a try, especially since this study suggests that circulation could be closely related to the cause.  

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