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Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Study Finds Link Between MS and Schizophrenia Risk
Analyzing a large medical
database, researchers have found that patients with MS have an increased risk
of bipolar disorder.
Researchers in the UK, led
by Dr. Sreeram Ramagopalan of the University of Oxford and Evidera in
London, analyzed the Hospital Episode Statistics database of hospital
admissions in England.
With the statistical
records of hospital admissions and the death certificates for the whole of
England from 1999 to 2011, researchers tested whether MS patients are at an
increased risk of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. They found that patients
with MS were at a significantly higher risk for schizophrenia; schizophrenia,
schizotypal, and delusional disorders; and bipolar disorder. These associations
were seen in males and females.
Caregivers are advised to
appropriately diagnose and manage these conditions in patients with MS.
Further, the results suggest shared causes between these disorders.
The research was presented at the
ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS MS Boston 2014.