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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)  
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  2. Multiple Sclerosis Interactive Tutorial (Patient Education Institute)  
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  3. Emotional Disorders in People with Multiple Sclerosis (American Academy of Neurology) - PDF  
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  5. Genetics Home Reference: Multiple sclerosis From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine)  
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  7. Multiple Sclerosis From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke) - Short Summary  
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  8. FAQs about Hepatitis B Vaccine (Hep B) and Multiple Sclerosis (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  
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  9. 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 Clinical Trials Rituximab Versus Placebo ... ways to prevent MS from developing. What is Multiple Sclerosis? Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neuroinflammatory disease that ...
  10. ... Cancer February 3, 2014 Vitamin D Levels Predict Multiple Sclerosis Progression Among people with early-stage multiple sclerosis (MS), those with higher blood levels of vitamin ...
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