Navigation Links
Can stress increase the risk of multiple sclerosis?
Date:5/30/2011

ST. PAUL, Minn. Contrary to earlier reports, a new study finds that stress does not appear to increase a person's risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS). The research is published in the May 31, 2011, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

"While we've known that stressful life events have been shown to increase the risk of MS episodes, we weren't certain whether these stressors could actually lead to developing the disease itself," said study author Trond Riise, PhD, with the University of Bergen in Bergen, Norway.

Researchers studied two groups of women nurses from the Nurses' Health Study. The first group of 121,700 nurses between the ages of 30 and 55 were followed starting in 1976. The second group of 116,671 nurses between the ages of 25 and 42 were followed from 1989. Participants were asked to report general stress at home and at work, including physical and sexual abuse in childhood and as teenagers. Of the first group, 77 people developed MS by 2005. In the second group, 292 people developed the disease by 2004. "The risk of MS is particularly high among young women, and the difference in the number of cases is consistent with the different ages of women in the two groups at the beginning of the MS follow-up," said Riise.

After considering factors such as age, ethnicity, latitude of birth, body mass at age 18 and smoking, the study found that severe stress at home did not increase the risk of developing MS. There was also no significant increased risk in developing MS among those who reported severe physical or sexual abuse during childhood or adolescence.

"This rules out stress as a major risk factor for MS. Future research can now focus on repeated and more fine-tuned measures of stress," said Riise, who conducted the research as a visiting scholar at the Harvard School of Public Health.


'/>"/>

Contact: Angela Babb
ababb@aan.com
651-695-2789
American Academy of Neurology
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Stress may increase risk for Alzheimers disease
2. New University of Houston research study links job stress in teachers to student achievement
3. Post-traumatic stress disorder common following significant orthopedic trauma
4. Stress and depression are associated with shorter survival in head and neck cancer patients
5. Some TV Fans Distressed Without Favorite Shows: Study
6. Pregnant and Stressed May Mean Offspring Who Misbehave
7. Repeated stress in pregnancy linked to childrens behavior
8. Teachers-based intervention provides stress resistance in war-exposed children
9. Older age memory loss tied to stress hormone receptor in brain
10. Elevated levels of sodium blunt response to stress, study shows
11. Girls in Some Sports Face Raised Risk of Stress Fractures: Study
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... NEPC ... Public Communication of Education Research Award. The award honors scholars exemplary in their ... recognizes a scholar who has demonstrated the capacity to deepen the public’s understanding ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... ... Bright Pink , a national non-profit organization focusing on the prevention and early detection ... Pink is proud to announce Katie Thiede as their new Chief Executive Officer. In January, ... Chairman of the Board and launched a national search to find a visionary new leader ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... ... Sean Fay is the undisputed king of the infomercial. With clients as ubiquitous ... Grill (which sold more than 100 million units worldwide), he has created more household ... to changes in the broadcast media landscape, the once ever-present infomercial has gone the ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... 2017 , ... The John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science ... their cognitive health, and share results with their physicians. Members and guests can sign ... website. , BrainCheck founder, Dr. David Eagleman, formerly at Baylor College of Medicine and ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... The world-class designers of ... bring their novel lifesaving device for the everyday use of parents worldwide. It ... designed to read a child’s vital signs, and detect unusual symptoms or physical ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/19/2017)... Medical Corporation (TSX: CRH) (NYSE MKT: CRHM) (the "Company"), announces that it ... 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel in Toronto, Ontario ... the Company is scheduled to present on Tuesday, May 2 at ... Chairman of the Board, Tony Holler will also attend ... For more details ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... April 19, 2017 Global Surgical Drainage Device ... tubes used to remove excess liquid and air. The ... urine, bile or lymph. Surgical drains are used in ... as orthopedics surgery, cardiovascular surgery, neurosurgery, plastic surgery etc. ... to prevent accumulation of fluid e.g. blood or pus. ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... 2017  Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... developing new treatments for cancer and other unmet ... previously announced underwritten public offering of 23,625,084 shares ... price of $2.00 per share, before deducting underwriting ... by Sorrento.  The net proceeds to Sorrento from ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: