More MS news articles for Jan 2002

Prevalence estimates for MS in the United States and evidence of an increasing trend for women

Neurology 2002;58:136-138
Curtis W. Noonan, PhD, Steven J. Kathman, PhD and Mary C. White, ScD
From the Health Investigations Branch, Division of Health Studies, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Atlanta, GA.

Brief Communications

The purpose of this study was to provide current age-, sex-, and region-specific MS prevalence estimates and to identify trends using the National Health Interview Survey.

The overall prevalence estimate was 85/100,000 population, or approximately 211,000 (±20,000) persons.

A 50% increase was observed in the number of women reporting MS for 1991 through 1994 vs 1982 through 1986.

The observed trend in higher numbers of self-reported MS among women is consistent with recent observations of higher prevalence and incidence.

© 2002 American Academy of Neurology