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Study of Health Records Suggests Therapy with Interferons Lowered Risk of Death in Relapsing MS

March 18, 2019

In a study funded in part by the National MS Society, researchers in Canada and France evaluated medical records and outcomes for people with relapsing MS who had been prescribed interferon beta (1a and 1b) to treat their MS. The researchers compared outcomes for people who had been prescribed interferons compared to those who had not during a specific interval. Using sophisticated statistical methods, they found as a whole that the group that had been exposed to at least 6 months of interferons, but especially to more than three years of interferons, had a lower risk of death during the study period, compared to those who had not been exposed to interferons. This adds to previous evidence suggesting that interferons could improve survival among people with MS. This study was not designed to answer the question of whether this same benefit is seen with other MS disease-modifying therapies.    
 
Read about it on the University of British Columbia’s website
Read the scientific abstract in the journal Brain
 

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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.

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