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Do Root Canals Cause MS or Trigger Flares?

Do Root Canals Cause MS or Trigger Flares?

Many people with multiple sclerosis (MS) have questions about whether dental work and root canals can cause MS or trigger flares. Although there is still much to learn about MS, the available scientific evidence does not indicate that root canals...
Posted 05/26/2022

Aspartame and MS: Are Artificial Sweeteners Safe for People With Multiple Sclerosis?

Aspartame and MS: Are Artificial Sweeteners Safe for People With Multiple Sclerosis?

Despite rumors to the contrary, scientists say that moderate artificial sweetener consumption is not considered a risk to the health of humans. Similarly, there is no scientific evidence indicating that artificial sweeteners like aspartame cause...
Posted 05/16/2022

Understanding Vitamin D Levels and MS

Understanding Vitamin D Levels and MS

You may have heard that vitamin D, a commonly fortified vitamin, is good for calcium absorption and bone health.
Posted 04/18/2022

Why Are Women More Likely To Develop Multiple Sclerosis?

Why Are Women More Likely To Develop Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s own immune system attacks the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system, or CNS). According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the latest statistics show that MS is...
Posted 03/17/2022

Epstein-Barr Virus: A Link Between MS and Cancer

Epstein-Barr Virus: A Link Between MS and Cancer

New research has found evidence that Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection may be a cause of multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease that leads to the loss of the myelin sheath around nerve cells. In addition to EBV’s link to the development...
Posted 03/09/2022

Are Low Vitamin D, Smoking, and Epstein-Barr a Perfect Storm for MS?

Are Low Vitamin D, Smoking, and Epstein-Barr a Perfect Storm for MS?

Recent research shows that the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) may be the leading cause of multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease in which a person’s immune system attacks and destroys the myelin (protective coating) surrounding their nerves....
Posted 03/03/2022

Multiple Sclerosis and Ethnicity: Is Race a Risk Factor in MS?

Multiple Sclerosis and Ethnicity: Is Race a Risk Factor in MS?

For many years, people of European ancestry were believed to develop multiple sclerosis (MS) more often than people of other races and ethnicities. However, studies of California populations in 2013 and 2020 both found the highest rates of MS...
Posted 03/02/2022

Mapping MS: Where Is Multiple Sclerosis Most Common, and Why?

Mapping MS: Where Is Multiple Sclerosis Most Common, and Why?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is thought to be caused by a combination of factors — genetics, immune responses, and environmental conditions — and interactions among them. Environmental factors associated with an increased risk of MS include smoking,...
Posted 02/09/2022

Head Trauma and Multiple Sclerosis: Do Brain Injuries Raise the Risk for MS?

Head Trauma and Multiple Sclerosis: Do Brain Injuries Raise the Risk for MS?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disease — that is, a condition affecting the nerves and nervous system.
Posted 02/04/2022

Air Pollution and the Risk for Developing MS

Air Pollution and the Risk for Developing MS

Air pollution is a risk factor for developing noncommunicable diseases such as asthma, stroke, heart disease, lung disease, and lung cancer. Two recent studies have found that exposure to high concentrations of air pollution may also increase the...
Posted 01/27/2022
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