Fathers more likely to pass along MS gene

Filed under: Health & Safety: Babies, Media

Men are more than twice as likely as women to pass on the gene for multiple sclerosis, according to a new study.

Researchers say that fathers with MS tend to have more children who develop MS than do mothers with the disease.

MS affects 1 in 1000 people and is twice as common in women as in men, but in 85% of cases, no cause is known. No single gene has been identified that strongly predisposes a person to MS, but neurologists suggest the disease is caused by a combination of genes and unknown environmental factors.

I'm glad to see any kind of new research on the causes and habits of MS, I know too many families who have been impacted by the disease, which has an average onset age of 30. I also hope more study is done on the environmental factors alluded to above, because the fact that the incidence of MS is so high in the industrialized nations really makes me wonder.


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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.