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Pregnancy May Protect Against MS, Study Says (HealthDay)

By: Kathleen Donehy
Source: HealthDay 

Dr. Karen Blitz-Shabbir, Director, Multiple Sclerosis Center, Cushing Neuroscience Institute, comments on a study that suggests pregnant women may be protected from developing MS.

New research suggests that pregnancy may decrease women's risk of developing multiple sclerosis.

"Even one pregnancy was associated with nearly a halving of risk [of developing MS symptoms]," said study author Anne-Louise Ponsonby, head of the environmental and genetic epidemiology and research group at Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia. The team also found that women who were pregnant two or more times had only one-quarter of the risk of developing MS symptoms as those who were never pregnant.

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