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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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Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. There is currently no cure for MS. Symptoms vary from person to person and range from numbness and tingling, to mobility challenges, blindness and paralysis. An estimated 1 million people live with MS in the United States. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, and it affects women three times more than men.

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