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12:33 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Pregnancy Hormone May Reduce Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

A collage of family photos of Melissa Sherak Glasser.
Mark Turner for NPR

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 8:30 am

For decades, women with multiple sclerosis have noticed that they tend to do better while they are pregnant. That has led to an experimental drug for the disease that's based on a hormone associated with pregnancy.

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6:20 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Search For Cause Of High Rates Of MS In Northwest Could Lead To New Treatments

Dr. Estelle Bettelli (on left) and Dr. Mariko Kita in Bettelli's lab.
Lincoln Potter

The mystery of why the Pacific Northwest has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis in the world is as enduring as the mystery of the D.B. Cooper hijacking — and has proven about as difficult to crack.

Recently, however, scientists have been closing in on some likely triggers that may be causing the body to hijack its own immune system and turn on itself. Those new findings could lead to new treatment strategies in the future.

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6:19 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Pediatric MS Cases Rise In The Northwest: Younger Patients Put A New Face On An Old Mystery

Allexis in her room at her home in Silverdale in front of a life "to-do" list she had painted on her wall.
Carol Smith

The Pacific Northwest has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis in the world, yet the reasons why remain elusive. It’s an old mystery, but one that now has a new face. Today, doctors are seeing a growing number of cases in kids. They hope these young patients will yield more clues to what causes the disease.

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