Smoking & MS

On April 8th, Medical News Today reported (yet again) on a link between smoking & MS.. This new study shows that smoking may increase the risk of multiple sclerosis in people who also have specific established risk factors for MS.

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The study also found that among those with high levels of the Epstein-Barr virus antibodies, smokers were twice as likely to have MS as those who had never smoked. The same association was not seen in those with low antibody levels. The risk of MS associated with smoking was not different in people with and without the HLA-DR15 gene.

The study’s author Claire Simon, ScD, with Harvard School of Public Health in Boston said that “the consistency of an association between MS, smoking and the body’s immune response to the Epstein-Barr virus based on these three distinct, geographically diverse studies suggests this finding is not due to chance.” In this way, reasons so as to why some people develop MS and others not may be apparent.

For the whole study, click on the Medical News Today link on the right ; )

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