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London Researchers Explore How Immigration Changes Risk of Getting MS

April 5, 2016

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust looked at rates of multiple sclerosis among people from different ethnic groups living in east London. They found that people of African and Asian descent had higher rates of MS than people of the same ethnicity living in their native countries of origin. This is in line with our current understanding that an individual’s location and environment, along with their genes, contribute to their risk of getting MS, notes Dr. Nicholas LaRocca, Vice President of Healthcare Delivery and Policy Research for the National MS Society, in a news story on Healthline describing the research.

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Read the original paper in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal 
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About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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