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January 17, 2005

Sex hormones modulate brain damage in multiple sclerosis

Topics: Medicine

Medical News Today Jan 17
Abnormalities in sex hormone levels may contribute to the damage to brain tissue typical of multiple sclerosis, indicates research in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.

Researchers analysed the sex hormone levels of 36 healthy people and compared them with those of 60 men and women with the relapsing-remitting form of multiple sclerosis (MS). The average age of the participants was 32, and those with MS had had their disease for an average of six years.

The hormones tested included follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinising hormone, oestradiol, testosterone, and dehydroepiandrosterone sulphate (DHEAs).

In women, hormone levels were tested during both phases of their menstrual cycle, to account for variations. None of the women had used oral contraceptives, and all had normal cycles.

Posted by Hyscience at January 17, 2005 1:36 AM

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