What does this tell us about MS? Well, that the environment can play a strong role on MS risk (and that, by avoiding some risk factors, MS rates could be decreased). This is important. Causes of MS still remain a mystery and seem to be a mix of genetic and environmental factors. This study tells us one way to reduce future diagnoses of multiple sclerosis through behavioral interventions.
The study will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting for 2009 by Joseph Finkelstein of Johns Hopkins.