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Stressful life events may increase MS risk


Key clinical point: Stressful life events are associated with an increased risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS).

Major finding: Stressful major life events that happened prior to disease onset significantly increased the risk by 17%-30%. Women were more vulnerable than men under certain stressful scenarios such as conflict at work or within families, marriage, sickness, or accident of family members.

Study details: A large Swedish case-control study of 2,930 patients with MS and 6,170 control participants.

Disclosures: Dr. Jiang was supported by a starting package from the Swedish Research Council.

Citation: Jiang X et al. Eur J Neurol. 2020 Aug 2. doi: 10.1111/ene.14458.

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