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Number of MS cases is on the rise in Switzerland

Since the 1980s, it was assumed that in Switzerland there are around 10'000 people who suffer from multiple sclerosis (MS). But in the meantime there are significantly more – at least 15'000, as well a study in the framework of the Swiss MS registry has revealed.

The MS-Register 2016 by the Swiss Multiple sclerosis society launched, together with the Institute for epidemiology, biostatistics and prevention at the University of Zurich. It has to be documented to the target, the spread of the incurable nerve disease, and the quality of life in Switzerland.

in addition to the increase of MS patients in total, has also shifted the gender ratio is more: always more women were diagnosed with MS than men. In the new bill, but 73 percent, nearly three-quarters of the women Affected are now on how to register head Viktor von Wyl, in a communication on the interim report writes.

The increase in MS disorders is justified in the report with the striking population growth in the last 30 years; in addition, with the increase in life expectancy (including patients with MS) and the improved diagnostic possibilities. All of these reasons, the report was not sufficient as an explanation for the increase, however.

"Unfortunately, we have to understand the formation mechanisms of the disease is still too little."Jens Kuhle, head of MS center University hospital Basel

Next, appear to be the life-style of a role, such as Jens Kuhle, head of the MS center at the University hospital of Basel and study co-author, explained on demand. "Smoking, being Overweight, but also hormonal factors, in part, by subsequent births influences, may contribute to the MS-emergence." The risks of an unhealthy lifestyle have particularly increased among young women in recent years tend to be.

In addition, there is also evidence that car occur-immune diseases such as allergies, Crohn's disease, or MS in industrial countries, generally speaking, more often. Kuhle assumed that the number of the MS Affected by increases in the coming years. "Unfortunately, we have to understand the formation mechanisms of the disease is still too little."

Further information: www.ms-register.ch

Created: 19.11.2019, 13:40 PM

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