Spouses that ALSO have MS

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Spouses that ALSO have MS

Postby Arron » Fri Jul 29, 2005 12:02 pm

Last week, we started a very interesting thread in the Inroductions section regarding how often we should expect to see MS occur in BOTH a husband and a wife (or significant other). VladFT did an excellent
analysis of the statistics and came up with the expected number of such situations in the USA.

His conclusion:

"The total number of marriages with both partners having MS MUST be less then 114"

The entire thread, and his very well presented mathematic reasoning is here:

http://www.thisisms.com/modules.php?nam ... pic&t=1324

Now then, if the true number of such marriages is more than approximately 114, then it implies a VERY important idea-- that MS might just have a communicable component. Now we are of course not attempting to conduct Journal of Neurology-esque research here, but it would be extremely interesting to get an idea of just how prevalent this is.

Your thoughts and experiences?
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Postby VladFT » Fri Jul 29, 2005 12:27 pm

Thanks Arron ,

just a quick remark : Of course the exact number 114 comes from the analysis which is rough and by no means claims to be of "publishable quality" :)
What it gives though is the order of magnitude of such number, and fairly correct. That is this number should be well below let's say 100-150. To allow for some error.
If however we can find at least for example 150 - 200 of such couples in the US then we have a strong case !

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