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January 28, 2005

Genetic variant that may explain why women develop MS more than men, new research

Topics: Health Issues

Medical News Today is reporting on a research article that addresses the question, "Why do women develop multiple sclerosis (MS) almost twice as often as men?" Physicians have long been intrigued by this fact -- and now a Mayo Clinic-led international research team has identified a genetic variation that may explain it.

(...)  To researchers looking for a cure for MS -- where currently there is none -- the finding is helpful for three main reasons: 1) it provides a target at which to direct future investigations into ways to stop MS, 2) it provides leads on ways to improve treatments that can minimize the tissue and nerve damage the disease causes, and 3) it may advance the search for new treatments for other diseases.

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Posted by Hyscience at January 28, 2005 1:41 PM



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