Every hour in the United States, someone is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, or MS, and there are hints to the cause of the disease.
MS is a disease of the central nervous system, meaning it affects the brain and spinal cord.
Dean Wingerchuck is a Professor of Neurology at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale.
MS can occur at early age, but is most symptomatic when someone is in their 20's or 30's.
While they don't know the exact cause, he says evidence points to the possibility of being an auto immune disease, meaning something goes wrong with the immune system, which is designed to protect us against viruses and bacteria, and it starts to attack someones own tissue, in this case the nervous system.
He also says the pattern of genes someone is born with can influence whether someone gets the disease.
Listen to more with Dr. Wingerchuk below.
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