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Sun Exposure During Teenage Years May Affect MS Development

October 8, 2015

Danish researchers report that people with MS who spent time in the sun every day during the summer as teens developed MS later than those who did not. The investigators ruled out other possible genetic and lifestyle factors. This study lends more evidence to the role of vitamin D in MS development; the National MS Society is funding a clinical trial to determine whether vitamin D supplements can slow MS activity in people who already have the disease.

Read more about the Danish study on Health Day

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About Multiple Sclerosis

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

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