Could multiple sclerosis be on the rise?

Researchers need to learn more about the number of people with multiple sclerosis

Categories: For Potential Participants, [Multiple Sclerosis, Autoimmune disease]

As clinical researchers continue to look for new treatments for multiple sclerosis (MS), the preliminary results of a recent study estimate that almost 1 million people in the United States are living with MS. This is more than twice the number reported in 1975. If verified, this data may help us better understand and address the needs of people with MS.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society launched the MS Prevalence Initiative to develop a better way to estimate the number of people in the United States who have MS. The estimate that this initiative may provide could help researchers understand if MS is on the rise. Also, identifying which areas of the United States have more reports of MS symptoms may give us clues about what is triggering MS.

What causes MS?

The cause of MS is not known, but it is not contagious or inherited. Studies indicate that genetic and environmental factors may play a role in the cause, but further research is needed.

What's next?

It is important to confirm if the number of people affected by MS is increasing. If it is, this may mean more research will be devoted to discovering new treatment approaches and other ways to help people who have MS.

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