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What role does environment play with ms?

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In brief: Unclear

Lots of interest currently in the interplay of genetic background of a population and environmental triggers.
No one clear winner here, but studies of large populations are seeing some patterns emerge with regard to annual sunshine exposure, vitamin d (and its receptor), epstein barr virus (mononucleosis) infection at a critical time in life, possibly smoking as contributing to risk for ms.

In brief: Unclear

Lots of interest currently in the interplay of genetic background of a population and environmental triggers.
No one clear winner here, but studies of large populations are seeing some patterns emerge with regard to annual sunshine exposure, vitamin d (and its receptor), epstein barr virus (mononucleosis) infection at a critical time in life, possibly smoking as contributing to risk for ms.
Dr. Virginia Simnad
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Dr. Justin ORourke
As a side note, part of the research interest has been focused on the finding that MS is more prevalent in regions closer to the poles of the Earth. For example, the northern latitudes of North America (i.e., northern United States and Canada) and Western Europe (i.e., Scandinavian countries, Germany), followed by Northern Asia. There is a higher prevalence in countries near the South Pole, too, such as New Zealand. As Dr. Simnad said, this may be related to annual sunshine exposure, but the research is still in the works.
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In brief: Excellent question

MS will not occur in absence of environmental triggers.
These include cigarette smoking, low vitamin D levels, adolescent obesity, latitudes north of 39-42 degrees, presence or absence of GI parasites, prior Ebstein-Barr infections, maybe prior herpes zoster, to name the best accepted.

In brief: Excellent question

MS will not occur in absence of environmental triggers.
These include cigarette smoking, low vitamin D levels, adolescent obesity, latitudes north of 39-42 degrees, presence or absence of GI parasites, prior Ebstein-Barr infections, maybe prior herpes zoster, to name the best accepted.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: MS

It plays a role but it is difficult to say exactly what percent of interaction it has with ms considering that multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease.
Environment plays a role in all diseases but how much it plays is almost impossible to decipher.

In brief: MS

It plays a role but it is difficult to say exactly what percent of interaction it has with ms considering that multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease.
Environment plays a role in all diseases but how much it plays is almost impossible to decipher.
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