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Multiple Sclerosis

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Obese Women Age 18 to 20 Found to Have Over Twice the Risk of Developing Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

A new study finds interesting information on the time of life that obesity may affect a woman's chance of developing Multiple Sclerosis. In studying data from 200,000 women over 40 years, researchers found that obesity in late adolescence and early adulthood (18 to 20 years old) doubled the chance of developing muliple sclerosis later in life. 

...a surprising finding was that the results showed a significant link to increased MS risk only from obesity during adolescence, but not during childhood or adulthood.

Location

Nurses’ Health Study - Channing Laboratory
181 Longwood Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
United States
Phone: 617-525-2279
Fax: 617-525-2008
42° 20' 12.0876" N, 71° 6' 7.5204" W
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Multiple Sclerosis News: Early Smoking Bad, Prolonged Breast Feeding Good for Mom to Stave off Relapses

A couple of recent reports of preliminary research or small studies are interesting. Much research seems to involve early age factors in developing multiple sclerosis later. In this regard, a study from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine indicates that those who started smoking before age 17 had a higher risk of getting MS...

Locations

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
600 N Wolfe St # B110
Baltimore, Maryland 21287
United States
Phone: (410) 955-5000
39° 17' 40.848" N, 76° 35' 26.2932" W
Stanford University
450 Serra Mall
Stanford, California 94305
United States
Phone: (650) 723-2300
37° 25' 46.7832" N, 122° 10' 22.4904" W
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Researchers Find Gene Triggering Multiple Sclerosis

I don't know much about the subject here, but this article caught my eye as a significant find in the search for the genes contributing to Multiple Sclerosis. [We skate Greensboro's Tour to Tanglewood to help raise money for MS research and treatment.] A quick explanation from the article helps explain MS briefly:

The disease is one in which the body's immune system mistakenly attacks the electrical insulation of nerve fibers. The cause is part genetic and part environmental,...

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