During the annual American Academy of Neurology meeting, researchers shared their thoughts and presented recent discoveries on risk factors and susceptibility in multiple sclerosis (MS)—a hot topic in the field. Who develops this chronic illness and why are questions that are still puzzling the research community. In general, it’s agreed that a combination of genes and environmental factors likely play a role in the development of MS.
There is an expanding list of risk factors associated with MS including those that fall in the following categories: environmental, infectious and genetic. The studies reported in this blog will focus primarily on environmental risk factors.
The theme for World MS Day (May 30) 2018 is #BringingUsCloser. The overall aim of this campaign is to bring people affected by MS closer to those involved in MS research and to create a better understanding of complex research processes. The MS Society will be jumping on this theme for MS Awareness Month as well, with a special research focus throughout the month. This theme is inclusive for people living with MS, their caregivers, friends, and family and it provides us the opportunity to talk about the MS Society’s research progress and funding.
A major research question in multiple sclerosis (MS) is to determine if a person with MS is progressing in their disease course and how they are responding to treatments? Researchers attending the American Academy of Neurology(AAN) meeting addressed this crucial question by looking at a new emerging biomarker for MS. Biomarkers are signatures found in the body that can be objectively measured and can be an indicator of your health or reveal the presence or progress of a disease. Continue reading