COMING MONDAY, 10/16/17: FACTS ON MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS, Disabling Autoimmune Disease That Damages Nerves

Multiplesclerosis

I attended a lecture by Dr. Carlo Tornatore, Chairman of the Neurology Department at Georgetown University Medical Center, about multiple sclerosis (MS) last Tuesday (10/10) at Georgetown and learned some fascinating facts about this debilitating autoimmune disorder, among them:

*The cause of MS is considered multifactorial: It appears to involve an infectious agent, a genetic predisposition, and environmental factors, which combined, result in an abnormal response by the immune system, such that white blood cells destroy the myelin covering of neurons.

*Vitamin D affects the onset and course of multiple sclerosis. Sun exposure actually mitigates against MS.

*The farther a person lives from the Equator, the lower risk she/he has of developing MS.

*If one identical twin has MS, the other twin has a 30 percent of developing it, too–this is a high concordance rate.

*Seventy-five percent of all MS patients are women.

I’ll tell you more about what I learned in a blog on Monday. Please check back.

Ann, 10/13/17

 

 

 

 

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