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Pregnancy hormone could keep multiple sclerosis at bay

Women taking a form of estrogen had fewer relapses

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3:21pm, December 2, 2015
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POWER OF PREGNANCY  Scientists suspect that a hormone that peaks late in pregnancy may stave off multiple sclerosis flare-ups. 

Taking a pregnancy hormone staves off multiple sclerosis relapses, a small clinical trial suggests. The results hint at a potential therapy for women who suffer from MS, a debilitating disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the insulation that wraps around nerve cell fibers.

A curious observation kicked off this line of research: Pregnancy offers a temporary reprieve for women with MS. Since that discovery, in the 1990s, scientists have been testing whether certain pregnancy hormones might combat MS in women who aren’t pregnant.

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