Black women may have highest multiple sclerosis rates

Large study counters common assumption that whites get MS more

By Nathan Seppa, 15:44 PM May 8, 2013

Multiple sclerosis, long considered a disease of white females, has affected more black women in recent years, a new study finds. Hispanic and Asian women, who have previously seemed to be at less risk of MS, remain so, researchers report May 7 in Neurology. The findings bolster a theory that vitamin D deficiency, which is common in people with dark skin in northern latitudes, contributes to MS.

MS is a debilitating condition in which the protective coatings on nerves in the central nervous...

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