Another interesting study out of Spain today.
The study examined data 72 patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and 126 of their first-degree relatives in comparison with 123 healthy control subjects from the same area. Researchers were looking for indicators of celiac disease, and the results were…well, they seemed surprising at first.
Like celiac disease, MS is an autoimmune condition. Also like celiac disease, there is a genetic component and to some extent it runs in families. In patients with MS, the myelin sheath, a protective covering around nerve cells, gets increasingly worn down because of inflammation. The nerve damage causes a range of symptoms, depending on where in the nervous system it strikes: loss of balance, sight, mobility, bladder control, etc. There is no cure.
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