Daily Checkup: March is Multiple Sclerosis Month, so Pay Attention to Your Health

 – March 15, 2015  –– 

An estimated 2.5 million people around world are living with multiple sclerosis including Montel Williams, Jack Osbourne and Ann Romney. “Multiple sclerosis, or MS for short, is an autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack the central nervous system, especially the brain and spinal cord,” says Fred Lublin, MD, the director of the Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for Multiple Sclerosis at The Mount Sinai Hospital. “Genetics and environmental factors both play a role, and some people are more likely to develop MS than others.” Hundreds of thousands of Americans have been diagnosed with MS. “It’s a disease that is not uncommon — in New York City, there are about 200 cases of MS per 100,000 individuals,”

-Dr. Fred Lublin, Saunders Family Professor of Neurology, Director, the Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for Multiple Sclerosis at The Mount Sinai Hospital

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