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More MS news articles for August 2003

A pilot study of the relationship between multiple sclerosis and the physical environment in northwest Ireland

Environ Geochem Health. 2003 Mar;25(1):157-63
Gilmore M, Grennan E.
Institute of Technology, Ballinode, Sligo, Ireland.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disease of unknown origin, but it is though likely to have an environmental component in addition to genetic predisposition.

It appears common in areas with underlying radon-producing granites.

Radon exposure before the age of 15 years is postulated as a contributory cause in genetically susceptible individuals.

Pilot studies were undertaken, with results which indicate that radon exposure may be a factor, and that the hypothesis warrants further investigation.