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How Does Multiple Sclerosis Affect the Body?

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Multiple sclerosis (MS) (which means ‘many scars’) is an incurable neurological condition. It is characterised by an abnormal immune response that targets myelin, a fatty material responsible for insulating the nerve fibres in the central nervous system. This causes the disruption of nerve impulses.

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Multiple sclerosis (MS) (which means ‘many scars’) is an incurable neurological condition. It is characterised by an abnormal immune response that targets myelin, a fatty material responsible for insulating the nerve fibres in the central nervous system (CNS) (which comprises the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves). When the immune system mistakenly attacks the myelin, it is destroyed in a process known as demyelination. This leaves the underlying nerve exposed, leading to inflammation and scarring (lesion formation). This damage disrupts the nerve impulses, impairing their ability to transmit messages between the brain and the body. As a result, the individual will experience a variety of neurological and other symptoms.

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Janis Furzeman
21 Apr 2021
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Kassandra Lay
01 May 2021
Great refresher on the basic knowledge of MS, it's types, and different symptoms.
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Pam Pam
30 Apr 2021
Great snap shot into MS
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Amanda Garner
28 Apr 2021
A good brief article on the subject of MS
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Beverley Holland
30 Apr 2021
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Arnel Penaflorida
19 Apr 2021
After completing this module, the expectation I set is met.
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16 Apr 2021
Excellent overview of MS
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