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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a nervous system disease that affects your brain and spinal cord. It damages the myelin sheath, the material that surrounds and protects your nerve cells. This damage slows down or blocks messages between your brain and your body, leading to the symptoms of MS. They can include

  • Visual disturbances
  • Muscle weakness
  • Trouble with coordination and balance
  • Sensations such as numbness, prickling, or "pins and needles"
  • Thinking and memory problems

No one knows what causes MS. It may be an autoimmune disease, which happens when your immune system attacks healthy cells in your body by mistake. Multiple sclerosis affects women more than men. It often begins between the ages of 20 and 40. Usually, the disease is mild, but some people lose the ability to write, speak, or walk.

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  1. Multiple Sclerosis (National Library of Medicine)  
    Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a nervous system disease that affects your brain and spinal cord. It damages the ... attacks healthy cells in your body by mistake. Multiple sclerosis affects women more than men. It often begins ...
  2. Emotional Disorders in People with Multiple Sclerosis (American Academy of Neurology) - PDF  
    ... and their FAMILIES EMOTIONAL DISORDERS IN PEOPLE WITH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS This fact sheet presents the current research on ... American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, and the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis ...
  3. Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Multiple Sclerosis (American Academy of Neurology) - PDF  
    ... and their FAMILIES COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS This fact sheet is provided to help you ... This guideline was endorsed by the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers and the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis ...
  4. Genetics Home Reference: Multiple sclerosis From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... ClinicalTrials.gov Research studies PubMed Recent literature Conditions > Multiple sclerosis On this page: Description Genetic changes Inheritance Diagnosis ...
  5. Resources - multiple sclerosis ... The following organizations provide information on multiple ... www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/multiple_sclerosis National Multiple ...
  6. Multiple Sclerosis From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke) - Short Summary  
    NINDS Multiple Sclerosis Information Page Condensed from Multiple Sclerosis: Hope Through Research Table of Contents (click to jump to sections) ... Trials Organizations Additional resources from MedlinePlus What is Multiple Sclerosis? An unpredictable disease of the central nervous system, ...
  7. Multiple Sclerosis: Hope through Research From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)  
    ... Career Awards Enhancing Diversity Find People About NINDS Multiple Sclerosis: Hope Through Research See a list of all ... ways to prevent MS from developing. What is Multiple Sclerosis? Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neuroinflammatory disease that ...
  8. FAQs about Hepatitis B Vaccine (Hep B) and Multiple Sclerosis (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  
    ... FAQs about Hepatitis B Vaccine (Hep B) and Multiple Sclerosis On this Page What is multiple sclerosis? Does ... B vaccine causes or worsens MS. What is multiple sclerosis (MS)? Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of ...
  9. ... right-hand corner of the player. Coffee and Multiple Sclerosis HealthDay February 27, 2015 Related MedlinePlus Pages Caffeine Multiple Sclerosis Transcript For all the coffee lovers out there… ...
  10. ... Study: HPV Vaccine Doesn't Increase Risk for Multiple Sclerosis Researchers say findings provide more evidence supporting safety ... January 6, 2015 Related MedlinePlus Pages HPV Immunization Multiple Sclerosis TUESDAY, Jan. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The HPV ...
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