A number of studies over several years have demonstrated a likely link between the Epstein-Barr virus and MS. Of course, there’s no question about the health risks of smoking. Put the two together, and it looks like double trouble.
Cigarette smoking and an Epstein–Barr virus infection together represent a significant risk factor for multiple sclerosis (MS), suggesting that at least one path to this disease involves two factors working synergistically, a study reports.
The study, “Smoking and Epstein–Barr virus infection in multiple sclerosis development,” was published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports.
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Last week, I highlighted a report recommending that urinary tract symptoms should be assessed during routine MS exams. Here’s another report supporting that suggestion.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients have a greater risk of infections, particularly urinary and kidney infections, around the time of their diagnosis, compared with individuals without MS, a large Swedish population-based study found.
Rates of serious and non-serious infections, as well as infections caused by bacteria, virus, and fungus, also were higher in these patients, researchers reported.
The study, “Infections in patients with multiple sclerosis: A national cohort study in Sweden,” was published in the journal Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders.
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