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Predicting Multiple Sclerosis Risk for Relatives with More Ease

Scientists get more precise in predicting who will develop multiple sclerosis.

It is now more possible to predict which individuals will develop multiple sclerosis (MS), according to findings published in the Annals of Neurology.

Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital recruited 2,632 first-degree relatives (a parent, sibling or child) from across the US as part of the Genes and Environment in Multiple Sclerosis (GEMS) to investigate the events leading to MS in at risk individuals.

The GEMS study uses patient outreach efforts through advocacy groups such as the National MS Society, social media outlets like Facebook, and the electronic communications between first-degree relatives of people diagnosed with MS. The patients completed a web-based questionnaire about their medical history, family history, environmental exposures and other information. They also submitted a saliva sample for DNA extraction to the investigators. The researchers tested the relatives using an integrated genetic and environmental score and were able to identify which patients had twice the risk of MS compared to an average family member.

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