Study Suggests Stomach Bacteria (Helicobacter pylori) Associated with Less MS Risk in Women
January 20, 2015
To date, researchers have not been able to identify a single trigger that may lead to the start of MS. In a new study, investigators in Western Australia found that previous infection with Helicobacter pylori (which has been linked to stomach ulcers) was associated with a lower risk of developing MS in women, and less severe disability among those women who developed the disease. More research is needed to determine if this association means that H. pylori itself is triggering MS in women. Read more in HealthDay.
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