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How and Why Does Multiple Sclerosis Appear Differently in African Americans?

How and Why Does Multiple Sclerosis Appear Differently in African Americans?

Nearly 2.3 million people suffer from multiple sclerosis worldwide, and nearly half a million people in the United States. The disease is fairly wide reaching, and when present in a patient the symptoms can become debilitating. From general muscular-skeletal pain to more severe cognitive issues, MS may affect a patient’s body and daily life in a multitude of different ways. While considerable research has been and is continuing to be devoted both to studying the nature of the disease as well as possible treatment options, very little information is known regarding how the disease may affect demographics differently. Some scientists and physicians are working to change this reality by devoting more research to the specific ways in which multiple sclerosis affects the African American community.