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Multiple Sclerosis MS is a chronic often disabling disease that randomly attacks thecentral nervous system brain and spinal cord The progress severity and specific symptoms ofthe disease can not be predicted symptoms may range from tingling and numbness to paralysisand blindness MS is a devastating disease because people live with its unpredictable physical andemotional effects for the rest of their livesMS is a well-known disease but poorly understood In the United States there areapproximately 200 new cases diagnosed each week MS is a common disease and not alwayscaused by genetics Therefore I feel we all need to have a better understanding of this disease thathas no cure yet I hope to make MS more understanding in my paper In my paper I will explain what MS is who gets MS what MS has to do with themetabolism some new techniques being used to pinpoint genetic factors what some of thesymptoms of MS is and some treatments for MS Multiple sclerosis MS is a progressive disabling illness that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinalcord Bernard Under normal conditions these nerve cells are surrounded by an insulating sheath made of fattymyelin which speeds the passage of nerve impulses In MS this myelin sheath is inflamed or damageddisrupting nerve impulses and leaving areas of scarring sclerosis The disruption of nerve signals within thebrain and spinal cord causes a variety of symptoms that may affect vision sensation and body movements Thesesymptoms usually wax and wane through a series of relapses episodes when symptoms suddenly get worsealternating with remissions periods of recovery when symptoms improve Brunnscheiler For many patientsa long history of MS attacks over several decades leads to slowly progressing disability but for others thedisability is more rapid and severeMS is a life-long chronic disease diagnosed primarily in young adults who have a virtually normal lifeexpectancy Consequently the economic social and medical costs associated with the disease are significantEstimates place the annual costs of MS in
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