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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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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.