LONDON, November 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry paper concerning the study investigating the effects of childbirth in MS, the MS Society has produced the following comment:

Dr Susan Kohlhaas, Research Communications Officer at the MS Society, said: It is difficult to form any meaningful conclusions from this research given the small size of the study and its flaws, but further studies will hopefully clarify the effects of pregnancy in women with MS.

Notes to Editors:

- This was a small study and results did not reach statistical significance - There were significant differences between the groups of women the researchers were comparing (including age at diagnosis of MS) - They didn't account for the fact that women with more severe forms of MS may choose not to get pregnant because they are worried about how a post-partum relapse might affect their progression or even worry about taking care of a baby during severe relapses. - They didn't account for other factors that may influence progression (like DMDs taken and for how many years and lifestyle factors or genetics) - The authors also acknowledge that they may have been working off of an incomplete dataset (i.e. they only looked at the numbers of live births and didn't account for women who had miscarried or had abortions they would have been subject to the same hormonal changes as women who had live births and this may have skewed the results).

The MS Society

- The MS Society ( is the UK's largest charity supporting everyone whose life is touched by multiple sclerosis (MS), providing respite care, an award-winning freephone helpline (0808 800 8000), specialist MS nurses and funding more than 80 vital MS research projects in the UK. - MS is the most common disabling neurological condition affecting young adults and an estimated 100,000 people in the UK have MS. - MS is the result of damage to myelin - the protective sheath surrounding nerve fibres of the central nervous system - which interferes with messages between the brain and the body. There is no cure. - MS is characterised by periods of relapse and remission while for others it has a progressive pattern. Symptoms include loss of sight and mobility, fatigue, depression and cognitive problems.

SOURCE: Multiple Sclerosis Society

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