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Environment may play significant role in multiple sclerosis

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1623 (Published 21 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1623
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

Environmental factors may play a far greater role in the onset of multiple sclerosis (MS) than previously thought, shows a study that compared rates of the condition in immigrants to east London with those of their ancestral groups.

The prevalence of MS is far greater in white people than in other ethnic groups, but this study, published in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal,1 showed that MS prevalence in minority ethnic groups in east London was far higher than in people in their ancestral countries, suggesting that …

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