Research News: Microbiota Implicated in Multiple Sclerosis

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A new study published in Scientific Reports finds that the gut microbiota of Multiple Sclerosis patients is distinctly different than the gut microbiota of healthy adults. Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune, de-mylinating disease that causes the breakdown of the nervous system, resulting in attacks and variable recovery following the attacks.  Some patients lose the ability to walk or move properly while others have long periods without new symptoms.

While M.S. has been shown to have genetic and environmental causes the exact environmental causes are unclear. It may be that the microbiome somehow contributes to the development or exacerbation of the disease. More research will be necessary to distinguish the many factors contributing to the gut dysbiosis in these patients.

Source: Scientific Reports, June 2016

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