Navigation Links
Young Smokers Increase Risk for Multiple Sclerosis

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 .

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

To access 2009 AAN Annual Meeting abstracts available February 25, 2009, visit

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:
(Date:10/13/2015)... 2015  XiMo AG ( Lucerne , ... ( Milpitas, California ) announced today the ... The importance of metathesis chemistry was highlighted by the ... this application. This industrially-relevant application has been utilized in ... specialty chemicals, and polymers. Georg Fráter , ...
(Date:10/12/2015)... , Oct. 12, 2015 Given ... it is quite challenging to deliver an ophthalmic drug effectively ... overcome for a successful ocular drug delivery. These include dilution ... the lymphatic system of conjunctiva and drug permeation issues with ... the drug, in topical eye drops, is lost due to ...
(Date:10/12/2015)... WASHINGTON , Oct. 12, 2015  Former White House ... Press Secretary for the House Narcotics Committee, Robert Weiner ... "Rewriting Drug Policy." The two emphasize that this is now ... Clinton to Jeb Bush , Carly Fiorina ... Sordello cite the newest federal statistics, which they call "a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... October 13, 2015 , ... PhyMed Healthcare ... today announced its partnership with WPC Healthcare , a provider of predictive ... organizes the data into an aggregated data repository necessary to perform reporting and ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... 13, 2015 , ... Altec Products, Inc., the leader in ... Dynamics AXUG, GPUG and NAVUG Summits to take place the week of October ... user conferences designed and led by users to provide attendees with a unique ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2015 , ... ... through a unique private messaging application, announced today a significant contract that will ... five years. Independence plans to build on the growing success of its Relay ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2015 , ... A child ... that’s why SmileCareClub , the leading remote invisible aligner system, has joined with ... would otherwise go without it. For each aligner treatment plan purchased, SmileCareClub will donate ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... October 13, 2015 , ... ... product that targets the unique health needs of new moms. Postnatal Omega-3, ... Association ( ), utilizes Nordic Naturals’ exclusive, new, ultra-concentrated omega-3 oil. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):