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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Nearly 75% of MS Patients in UK Study Went Through Progressive Decline Prior to Death


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Very few people living with MS or anyone close by affected by the disease can really be surprised by the findings of a new study into what is termed as “progressive dwindling.”
The study focused on one aspect of multiple sclerosis that is sometimes overlooked by researchers: the tendency over time for people with MS to become increasingly frail and dependent on caregivers, with diminished energy and heightened disability. The report, “Progressive Dwindling in Multiple Sclerosis: An Opportunity to Improve Care,”  was published July 21 in the journal PloS One.
To study progressive dwindling, the researchers obtained death certificates and clinical information on 582 MS patients in the U.K., who died between January 1998 and February 2015. Led by Jessica E. Martin of the Centre for Neuroinflammation and Neurodegeneration, Division of Brain Sciences, Imperial College London, the team tried to identify how many of these people went through progressive dwindling, as well as the factors that might predict this development.

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