Multiple Sclerosis Information
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Some of you may know of someone with multiple sclerosis, a relative, friend, a
friend of a friend, associate etc.  You may have even seen or heard that
someone has the illness, but either or, alert yourselves that it is an ongoing
problem that needs to be addressed.  Remind yourselves that because
multiple sclerosis does not discriminate, it could affect you or a loved one.  
While browsing through countless websites, checking email, talking on the
telephone etc, please take the time to help make a difference by informing
congress to increase funding for such a debilitating disease.  Again, it may or it
may not affect you [personally], but funding will benefit all who thrive to live
productive lives.  

Please take less than 5 minutes to sign the petition today.

And as a friendly reminder, I can not tell you how important it is to purchase
disability insurance, as no one knows what the future might bring.  Check with
your employer and additionally, keep informed of the  
FMLA  laws.
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  • In the United States, there are estimated to be 400,000 people with MS.
    Although more people are being diagnosed with MS today than in the
    past, the reasons for this are not clear.

  • Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, although it
    can occur in young children and significantly older adults.

  • Worldwide, MS occurs with much greater frequency in higher latitudes
    (above 40° latitude) away from the equator, than in lower latitudes, closer
    to the equator. Even within one geographic area, however, where latitude
    and climate are fairly consistent, prevalence rates may differ significantly.
    These differences demonstrate that geographical factors are not the only
    ones involved.

  • MS is more common among Caucasians (particularly those of northern
    European ancestry) than other ethnic groups, and is almost unheard of in
    some populations, such as Inuit, Yakutes, Hutterites, Hungarian Romani,
    Norwegian Lapps, Australian Aborigines, New Zealand Maoris. Thus,
    ethnicity and geography seem to interact in some complex way to impact
    prevalence figures in different parts of the world.

  • Scientists have long been searching for an infectious agent that might
    trigger MS. While many different viruses have been suggested, including
    rabies, herpes simplex virus, measles, corona virus, canine distemper
    virus, HTLV-1, Epstein-Barr virus, among others, none has yet been
    confirmed. Although no trigger has yet been identified, most MS experts
    believe that some infectious agent is involved in initiating the disease

  • Migration from one geographic area to another seems to alter a person's
    risk of developing MS. Studies indicate that immigrants and their
    descendents tend to take on the risk level—either higher or lower—of the
    area to which they move. The change in risk, however, may not appear
    immediately. Those who move before the age of 15 tend to take on the
    new risk themselves. For those who move after the age of 15, the
    change in risk level may not appear until the next generation.

  • MS is approximately two to three times more common in women than in
    men, suggesting that hormones may also play a significant role in
    determining susceptibility to MS.

  • Genetic factors are thought to play a significant role in determining who
    develops MS. The average person in the United States has about one
    chance in 750 of developing MS. But close (first-degree) relatives of
    people with MS, such as children, siblings or non-identical twins, have a
    higher chance—ranging from one in 100 to one in 40.

  • Certain outbreaks or "clusters" of MS have been identified, but the cause
    and significance of these outbreaks are not known.

  • Clearly, many unanswered questions remain. While it may be tempting
    to try and find short-cuts to the answers, or to tell ourselves that we know
    more than we actually do about who gets MS and why, we need to
    recognize the complexities involved and look to future epidemiological
    studies to help unravel the facts.
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