Navigation Links
Young Smokers Increase Risk for Multiple Sclerosis
Date:2/23/2009

SEATTLE, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- People who start smoking before age 17 may increase their risk for developing multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 61st Annual Meeting in Seattle, April 25 to May 2, 2009.

The study involved 87 people with MS who were among more than 30,000 people in a larger study. The people with MS were divided into three groups: non-smokers, early smokers (smokers who began before age 17), and late smokers (those who started smoking at 17 or older), and matched by age, gender, and race to 435 people without MS.

Early smokers were 2.7 times more likely to develop MS than nonsmokers. Late smokers did not have an increased risk for the disease. More than 32 percent of the MS patients were early smokers, compared to 19 percent of the people without MS.

"Studies show that environmental factors play a prominent role in multiple sclerosis," said study author Joseph Finkelstein, MD, PhD, of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore, MD, which conducted the study in collaboration with Veterans Affairs MS Center for Excellence. "Early smoking is an environmental factor that can be avoided."

The American Academy of Neurology, an association of more than 21,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals, is dedicated to promoting the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care. A neurologist is a doctor with specialized training in diagnosing, treating and managing disorders of the brain and nervous system such as multiple sclerosis, restless legs syndrome, Alzheimer's disease, narcolepsy, and stroke.

For more information about the American Academy of Neurology, visit www.aan.com .

The AAN 61st Annual Meeting, the world's largest gathering of neurology professionals, takes place April 25 to May 2, 2009, in Seattle. Visit www.aan.com/am for more information.

To access 2009 AAN Annual Meeting abstracts available February 25, 2009, visit http://www.aan.com/go/science/abstracts.

Late-breaking abstracts will be featured in press release at the 2009 AAN Annual Meeting in Seattle.


'/>"/>
SOURCE American Academy of Neurology
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Younger Adults Increasingly Treated for Heart Disease-related Conditions
2. New Risk Factor for Heart Disease Identified in Very Young Children, According to Study at American Heart Association Scientific Sessions
3. Childrens Hospital Cancer Study Finds Adolescents and Young Adults Dont Get Same Access to Cutting-Edge Treatment as Younger Patients
4. Mayo Clinic Study Identifies Potential Causes of Young-Onset Dementia
5. St. Jude Finds Young Age May Give Survival Advantage to Children With Certain Brain Tumors
6. Karmanos Doctors Urge Increased Screening for Previously Treated Lung Cancer Patients, Especially Young Women
7. AstraZeneca Submits an sNDA for SYMBICORT(R) for the Treatment of Asthma in Children as Young as Age Six
8. Young Women Diagnosed with Early-Stage Breast Cancer More Likely to Die than Older Women
9. Wyeth Submits European Marketing Authorization Application for its 13-Valent Vaccine for the Prevention of Pneumococcal Disease in Infants and Young Children
10. Thomson Reuters Study Finds Sharp Increase in Use of Sleep Medications by Young Adults
11. Mayo Clinic Study Finds Younger Men With Erectile Dysfunction at Double Risk of Heart Disease
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/12/2017)... 12, 2017 AVACEN Medical , Inc. (AVACEN) ... their  2017 New Product Innovation Award for Its fibromyalgia ... and secondary medical device market research by Frost & Sullivan,s ... OTC, drug-free pain relief product, the AVACEN 100, offers a ... fibromyalgia widespread pain. ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... 2017  True Health, a leader in integrated ... during National Breast Cancer Awareness month to educate ... Research recently published ... more than 10 million American women are at ... or BRCA2 and have not had testing. These mutations ...
(Date:10/5/2017)...  In response to the nationwide opioid epidemic, ... (AAOMS) released prescribing recommendations that urge ibuprofen – ... a first-line therapy to manage a patient,s acute ... Recognizing the value and importance of the ... Acute and Postoperative Pain Management" stresses that practitioners ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... ProVest Insurance ... greater Dallas, Miami, and Raleigh regions, is organizing an extended charity drive to ... and deadly chromosome abnormality. , After struggling since birth with several health challenges, ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... Ky. (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... The ... MPH to become its next President and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Dr. James C. ... CEO Elect beginning July 1, 2018 until Dr. Puffer’s retirement at the end of ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Lori R. Somekh, founder of ... ElderCounsel, a national organization of elder law and special needs planning attorneys. “Membership in ... It also provides a forum to network with elder law attorneys nationwide,” said Somekh. ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 13, 2017 , ... Ellevate Network, the leading network for professional women, brought ... gender equality at their inaugural Summit in New York City in June. The event ... audience of over 3 million. To watch the Mobilize Women video, click here ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... VA (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... of DevOps and Agile Software Development, has been awarded a contract by the ... Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) aims to accelerate the enterprise use of Agile methodologies ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):