Life Stressors May Contribute to Multiple Sclerosis Flares, Disability

May 23, 2023


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5-15 mins
Presented by Health Lab

A study led by Michigan Health Lab researchers found that stressors in life, including but not limited to debt and divorce, worsen the health and functional outcomes of people with multiple sclerosis. More than 2.8 million people worldwide have M.S., an autoimmune condition that affects the brain and spinal cord, in which the body’s immune system attacks the protective layer of nerve cells. Tiffany Braley, M.D., M.S., director of the Multiple Sclerosis/Neuroimmunology Division, discusses the effects of stressors in childhood versus adulthood and how they may impact an M.S. patient.

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