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Multiple Sclerosis

Let's Talk About Multiple Sclerosis

We've got the doctor-approved scoop on causes, symptoms, treatments, and a jillion other facts and tips that can make life with MS easier.

    Our Pro PanelMultiple Sclerosis

    We went to some of the nation's top MS experts to bring you the most scientific and up-to-date information possible.

    Meghan Beier, Ph.D.

    Meghan Beier, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Clinical Neuropsychologist

    Johns Hopkins Medicine Multiple Sclerosis Center
    Baltimore
    Bruce Cohen, M.D.

    Bruce Cohen, M.D.Chief of MS/Neuroimmunology, Department of Neurology

    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
    Chicago
    Neeta Garg, M.D.

    Neeta Garg, M.D.Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology

    University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
    Miami
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    Frequently Asked QuestionsMultiple Sclerosis

    Is multiple sclerosis fatal?

    No, you won’t die from MS, itself. Studies do suggest that people with MS are at increased risk of dying earlier from complications such as heart disease, diabetes, infection, pneumonia, and other conditions, so it’s important to be monitored by a medical team. Which you will be. And they'll do everything they can to help you stay as healthy as possible.

    Is MS hereditary?

    MS isn’t passed down from generation to generation, but the susceptibility for the condition might be. People who have family members with MS are at increased risk of developing it, too, and researchers have identified more than 230 genes associated with increased MS risk.

    Does MS affect mostly women?

    Women are more likely than men to have most types of MS. The most common type of multiple sclerosis—relapsing-remitting MS, accounting for up to 85% of MS cases—affects women two to three times more often than it does men. Men and women have an equal risk for primary-progressive MS, the much rarer form.

    Is there a cure for MS?

    Not yet, but the progress made toward a cure in the last two-and-a-half decades has been astounding. Quality of life for people with MS is much higher than even 10 years ago, and scientists know more about the causes of MS than ever before.

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    Patrick Sullivan is a freelance content writer and copywriter for healthcare providers, publications and brands.