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Researchers Funded by National MS Society Find Increases in Inflammatory Gut Bacteria in Small Study of Children with MS

May 18, 2016

Researchers from the Network of Pediatric MS Centers joined with investigators in Canada to study whether gut bacteria differed between children with and those without MS. They found that the diversity of bacteria was similar, but levels of certain types of bacteria – types associated with promoting inflammation – were increased in children with MS. Growing research suggests that gut bacteria are critical to maintaining immune balance, so understanding the role they play in MS is an important new strategy for stopping the disease in its tracks. This study was funded by the National MS Society, the National Institutes of Health, the Race to Erase MS and the Canada Research Chair program.
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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.