How Multiple Sclerosis is different in blacks

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How Multiple Sclerosis is different in blacks

Postby MSUK » Tue Jun 26, 2012 2:56 am

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Studies show that while whites are twice as likely as Blacks to suffer from multiple sclerosis (MS), blacks suffer from more MS risks, and a larger variety of more dangerous symptoms.

Neurology researchers has found that, in Blacks, the disease progresses more rapidly – and that they don’t respond as well to therapies.

Magnetic resonance images (MRI) of a cohort of 567 consecutive multiple sclerosis patients showed that blacks with multiple sclerosis had more damage to brain tissue and had less normal white and grey matter compared to whites with the disease.

“Black patients showed more brain tissue damage and accumulated brain lesions faster than whites, along with rapid clinical deterioration,” confirms first author on the study Bianca Weinstock-Guttman. “The results provide further support that black patients experience a more severe disease, calling for individualised therapeutic interventions for this group of multiple sclerosis patients.”... Read More - http://www.msrc.co.uk/index.cfm/fuseact ... ageid/1852
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