Smoking appears to increase the chances of developing multiple sclerosis in people who already have one of the established risk factors for the disease, according to a large recent study from Harvard School of Public Health.
The Epstein-Barr virus is known to increase the risk of MS, and in this study, smoking nearly doubled the chances of developing MS in those who also had high antibody levels against Epstein-Barr virus.
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SOURCE: Simon KC, et al “Combined effects of smoking, anti-EBNA antibodies, and HLA-DRB1*1501 on multiple sclerosis risk” Neurology 2010; 74: 1-1.
SOURCE: “MS Risk Linked to Smoking and Viral Antibodies”, MedPage Today, April 7, 2010
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