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  • Writer's pictureJulie Manley

Organic solvents and Multiple Sclerosis susceptibility

This is an interesting article I’ve read this week about certain factors affecting people’s susceptibility to Multiple Sclerosis (MS). In the study published in the Journal of Neurology, they have found that people who have the genes that make them more susceptible to getting MS, who also have a history of exposure to organic solvents found in paint and other solvents, are about 50% more susceptible to developing the disease. On top of this, if these people also had a history of smoking, their risk of developing MS was much greater.

As for any newer study, more investigation is needed in this area, but a good take away from this is that if you have a family history of MS, it would be a good lifestyle change to limit your exposure to cigarette smoke and exposure to organic solvents.

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