Women who experienced childhood trauma had an increased risk of developing multiple sclerosis later in life. The evidence suggests childhood abuse and trauma can alter the immune system and increase the risk of developing autoimmune diseases.
A study of monozygotic twins allowed researchers to discover which parts of immune dysfunction in multiple sclerosis were influenced by genetics, and which were influenced by environmental factors.
Around 25% of patients with multiple sclerosis have blood antibodies that bind to the Epstein-Barr virus and EBNA1, a protein made in the brain and spinal cord. Researchers say this is the first study to definitely show that the Epstein-Barr virus can cause multiple sclerosis in some patients.
Researchers have identified a link between multiple sclerosis and a decreased level of specific gut bacteria. Additionally, the study reveals those who consume more meat may be at increased risk of developing the autoimmune disorder.
A new study has uncovered a link between gut bacteria and chronic inflammatory diseases like arthritis.
The risk of developing mutliple sclerosis increases 32 fold following Epstein-Barr virus infection.
People with periodontal disease have a 37% increased risk of developing anxiety, serious mental illness, and depression, and an 18% increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease.