Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Family Members With Multiple Sclerosis Likely To Share Onset Age, But Not Disease Severity

Date:
January 30, 2007
Source:
American Academy of Neurology
Summary:
When more than one member of a family is affected by multiple sclerosis (MS), their ages at disease onset are likely to be similar, but disease severity may not be. These new findings have important implications for counseling patients, according to a study published in the January 30, 2007, issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

When more than one member of a family is affected by multiple sclerosis (MS), their ages at disease onset are likely to be similar, but disease severity may not be. These new findings have important implications for counseling patients, according to a study published in the January 30, 2007, issue of Neurology®, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Related Articles


"We've known for some time that family influence plays a role in whether you are susceptible to MS, but it has not been clear whether your family influence affects the course of the disease," according to lead study author Alastair Compston, PhD, of the University of Cambridge Clinical School in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

To address the question of family influence on the course of the disease, researchers examined data on 2,310 individuals from over 1,000 families in which at least two members had MS. They examined age at onset, disability, disease severity, and other features of the disease.

The researchers found that age at onset of the disease was similar among family members, whether comparing parents to children or siblings with each other. They also found that siblings tended to have the same pattern of disease progression, while there was no correlation between the pattern in parents and children.

The study also showed there was no correlation between the severity of the disease in one family member and severity in another member, whether siblings or parent and child. "Disease progression is often considered the indicator of severity," said Compston. "But, we found no evidence that disease severity is more likely to be similar between two family members with MS than two unrelated people with MS."

The causes of the similarities in onset and progression pattern are largely unknown, as are the causes of MS itself. It is possible that genetic factors are responsible, but environmental factors shared by family members may also play a role.

Compston says the study's findings have significant implications for counseling patients. "People should not draw personal conclusions for their own MS prognosis and expected disease severity from observing the condition of their relatives with MS," he said.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by American Academy of Neurology. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

American Academy of Neurology. "Family Members With Multiple Sclerosis Likely To Share Onset Age, But Not Disease Severity." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 30 January 2007. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/01/070129172525.htm>.
American Academy of Neurology. (2007, January 30). Family Members With Multiple Sclerosis Likely To Share Onset Age, But Not Disease Severity. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 19, 2015 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/01/070129172525.htm
American Academy of Neurology. "Family Members With Multiple Sclerosis Likely To Share Onset Age, But Not Disease Severity." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/01/070129172525.htm (accessed April 19, 2015).

Share This


More From ScienceDaily



More Health & Medicine News

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Our Love Of Puppy Dog Eyes Explained By Science

Our Love Of Puppy Dog Eyes Explained By Science

Newsy (Apr. 17, 2015) — Researchers found a spike in oxytocin occurs in both humans and dogs when they gaze into each other&apos;s eyes. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Dr. Oz Under Fire For 'Quack Treatments' Yet Again

Dr. Oz Under Fire For 'Quack Treatments' Yet Again

Newsy (Apr. 17, 2015) — Ten doctors signed a letter urging Columbia University to drop Dr. Oz as vice chair of its department of surgery, saying he plugs "quack" treatments. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Scientists Find Link Between Gestational Diabetes And Autism

Scientists Find Link Between Gestational Diabetes And Autism

Newsy (Apr. 17, 2015) — Researchers who analyzed data from over 300,000 kids and their mothers say they&apos;ve found a link between gestational diabetes and autism. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Video Messages Help Reassure Dementia Patients

Video Messages Help Reassure Dementia Patients

AP (Apr. 17, 2015) — Family members are prerecording messages as part of a unique pilot program at the Hebrew Home in New York. The videos are trying to help victims of Alzheimer&apos;s disease and other forms of dementia break through the morning fog of forgetfulness. (April 17) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
 
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:  

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories

 

Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:  

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile iPhone Android Web
Follow Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins