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MS - Multiple Sclerosis
Alzheimer's Channel 
FEATURE ARTICLE
Multiple Sclerosis:
Understanding and Living with the Disease
By Sandra Ray, Staff Writer

Mulltiple sclerosis (MS) is one of the most baffling and debilitating neurological diseases. About 500,000 people in the United States are afflicted with it. Worldwide there are more than 2.5 million persons who live with MS each day. MS strikes young people between the ages of 18 and 35, and more women are affected than men. MS is a form of an autoimmune disease, meaning that the body begins to attack itself over a period of time.

The causes of MS are a mystery to researchers, with various theories being studied. It attacks the central nervous system (CNS) with damage to the method that nerves use to communicate with others. The damage is intermittent and may not be evident at all times, leading to some confusion in the symptoms and the correct diagnosis of those symptoms...read more