Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Caregiving: "MS may be 50% more common ..."

             Multiple Sclerosis Rates Up 50%


Multiple sclerosis (MS) may be 50% more common in the U.S. than previously thought, according to a new research review.


Almost one in 1,000 people in the U.S. have MS, according to the review.   findings appear in the Jan. 30 issue of Neurology.


    * Alzheimer's disease: 67 in 1,000 people 65 or older

    * Parkinson's disease: 9.5 in 1,000 people 65 or older

    * Autism spectrum disorders: 5.8 in 1,000 children

    * Cerebral palsy: 2.4 in 1,000 children

    * Stroke: 10 per 1,000 people

    * MS (Multiple Sclerosis): 0.9 in 1,000 people

    * ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease): 0.04 in 1,000 people


… they say their findings show "the burden of neurologic illness affects many millions of people in the United States."


(click on blue headline for full article from WebMD Medical News)


  1.  It seems like many of these neurological illnesses are increasing.  Aren't they looking into immunizations, food additives or other things like that as probable causes?  Our young telemetry tech has MS.  So far she just has some weakness in her hands off and on.  Pretty scary.


  2. (((((((((((((((((((((HUGSTOYOU)))))))))))))Thanks for shring.

  3. I just popped over from Lisa's journal. I just love the way the two of you put yourself out there and really open up. I know that it will help a lot of people. Please stop by sometime!

  4. Are these stats an increase or are they being more thorough?

  5. Autism is on such an increase! I personally have several students with the diagnosis and more on the way!  That number sure seems low to me, but I'm sure it is because I deal with it all the time....  

  6. Are these numbers really getting bigger or are we just becoming more aware of them?????

  7. found your journal through someone elses journal. just want to say very interesting reading, and if you don't mind i would like to add you to my alerts and read some more.

  8. I think it is all the chemicals we ingest. Also our soil is so depleted of vitamins...Over processed everything. Bam


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