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Where You Live Could Be a Risk Factor for Multiple Sclerosis

Living in a developed countries with better sanitation actually correlates to a greater risk of multiple sclerosis, research says.

It turns out immigration may increase the risk of developing multiple sclerosis.

That’s what a research team led by Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust concluded.

Environmental factors may be more involved in increasing the chances of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) than previously thought, according to the team led by Dr. Klaus Schmierer, Ph.D., FRCP.

Schmierer is a reader in clinical neurology at Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University of London, as well as a consultant neurologist at the Royal London Hospital (Barts Health NHS Trust).

Immigrating to London

Schmierer’s study focused on east London, where he found that black residents and those from South Asia had a higher prevalence of MS compared with the same groups living in their ancestral countries.

Researchers say these findings suggest an environmental influence on developing the disease, which is yet undetermined.

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