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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Shining a light on MS rates in USA

The Pacific Northwest is a great place to live. However, we have one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis.
A couple factors contribute to our region’s high rate of MS. One, our population is predominantly of northern European descent, the ethnic group at the highest risk of MS. And second, growing evidence suggests our low levels of vitamin D – the “sunshine vitamin” – may play a role in development of MS. (Prevalence of MS in sunny southern states is much lower than northern states.)

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