Swedish Study Suggests Slower Than Expected Progression of Disability in People with Relapsing MS
March 19, 2019
Researchers looked back at the records of 7,331 people enrolled in the Swedish MS Registry. Looking at an interval between 1995 and 2016, on average, people with relapsing MS diagnosed more recently took significantly longer to worsen than those who had been diagnosed earlier (according to recorded scores on the EDSS scale, which measures disability). This finding did not apply to people first diagnosed with progressive MS. The study does not explore what specific factors may be responsible for this slowing of risk of progression. One possibility that the authors suggest is the increased use of disease-modifying therapies
and another is changes in health behavior
, but these would need to be looked at specifically in future studies.
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Read the study summary in JAMA Neurology