29 New Genetic Variants Linked to MS: Breaking News

Lisa Emrich Health Guide August 12, 2011
  • As temperatures have dropped in the Nation’s Capitol, I think about areas in the country where temps in excess of 100 degrees continue to persist.  I am thankful to not be facing that today as it's a beautiful 84 degree Fahrenheit. “Hot Hot Hot” Do you remember this party song...

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  • Cathy
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    Aug. 12, 2011

    From one person with MS to another, I want to thank you, Lisa, for so many reasons, but at this particular moment thanks for doing fantastic research and posting it here on HealthCentral.  To understand that last sentence, you have to realize that when I was diagnosed 25 years ago, the medical profession did not much information regarding any genetic links...

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    From one person with MS to another, I want to thank you, Lisa, for so many reasons, but at this particular moment thanks for doing fantastic research and posting it here on HealthCentral.  To understand that last sentence, you have to realize that when I was diagnosed 25 years ago, the medical profession did not much information regarding any genetic links to why a person gets MS.  In 1990 I remember TIME magazine, in its lead article, declaring the 90's the "Decade of the Brain". My doctors believed that during the 90's, enough information about the brain would be discovered to give us a clue into the cause of MS (culminating from more funding for research on all the autoimmune diseases).  A cause = a cure.  Now, fast forward to today.  They still don't know the cause of MS, but they are finding more gene variants that could help toward discovering it.  My hope is that in my lifetime they will find the cause and, in my Utopia, the cure.  Reading your article, Lisa, has renewed that hope.  That hopefulness is helping me feel hot, hot, hot (in a positive way)!

    • Lisa Emrich
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      Aug. 13, 2011

      This is exciting news, however I do think that the one researcher who is quoted to say that this settles the immunity-cause of MS debate is a bit ahead of himself.  This adds more pieces to the puzzle and I hope will provide more detail to the big picture. 

       

      I am particularly interested in the comorbidity aspect of the 2nd paper published this...

      RHMLucky777

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      This is exciting news, however I do think that the one researcher who is quoted to say that this settles the immunity-cause of MS debate is a bit ahead of himself.  This adds more pieces to the puzzle and I hope will provide more detail to the big picture. 

       

      I am particularly interested in the comorbidity aspect of the 2nd paper published this week.  Someday I want to know the common connection between myself and other patients who have MS and RA.  That's a study I'd be very much interested in.

       

      I also do think that the possibility of genetic testing being used to target treatment is a wonderful idea.  Already some of the companies have been trying to unlock the reasons behind why some patients respond to their treatments and others don't.  Hopefully that part of the puzzle is not too far down the road.

       

  • Vicki
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    Aug. 13, 2011

    Hi Lisa, 

    Impressive post. Wow – 57 genes.

     

    It was exciting enough when I was researching my Is MS Hereditary?  when they were talking about only three identified genes.

     

    Now you have done more research — and what a good job you did — to find the results of the study. Thank you.

    • Lisa Emrich
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      Aug. 13, 2011

      Thanks, Vicki.  I do remember the headlines when it was just the 3 genes associated with MS.  Then when their were 7 genes (or maybe it was 7 additional genes).  And then, the studies highlighting the genetic connection between MS and Type 1 Diabetes.  I'm still waiting to see studies on the connection between MS and RA (I can hope that...

      RHMLucky777

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      Thanks, Vicki.  I do remember the headlines when it was just the 3 genes associated with MS.  Then when their were 7 genes (or maybe it was 7 additional genes).  And then, the studies highlighting the genetic connection between MS and Type 1 Diabetes.  I'm still waiting to see studies on the connection between MS and RA (I can hope that there will be studies).  Someday this will all be less of a mystery.  :)