Breakthrough In Multiple Sclerosis Research.
I first came across multiple sclerosis (MS) when I was in my early twenties in the U.K., watching distressingly as one of my early Christian friends, in a matter of months, moved from a healthy adult with a young family, to someone bound to a wheelchair. MS 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. So far, the cause of MS is still unknown, but there is a reason for optimism, if what has been discovered about the Rab32 protein, mentioned in this article, is established as a possible major cause. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted. Most people are diagnosed with MS between the ages of 20 to 50, with at least two to three times more women than men diagnosed with the disease. MS can occur in young children. Research has demonstrated that MS occurs in most ethnic groups, including African-Americans, Asians and Hispanics/Latinos, but is most common amongst Caucasians of northern European ancestry. Susceptibility rates vary among these groups, with recent findings suggesting that African-American women have a higher than previously reported risk of developing MS.
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