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More MS news articles for October 2003

Driving impairment due to cognitive decline

Tuesday October 21
Boston Cure Project

Researchers studying the effects of MS on driving ability had 31 people with MS and 10 healthy controls take a driving simulator test. They found that the MS group had 3-4 times more accidents and concentration faults than the controls. They also found that driving impairment correlated with performance on the paced auditory serial addition test (PASAT), a test of cognitive function, but not with EDSS, which reflects physical disability. This suggests that the ability to drive safely, at least for people with MS, has more to do with cognitive function than physical ability.

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