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Epstein-Barr Virus & MS Risk

I subscribe to a few different MS news publications and journals and yesterday in MedlinePlus there was an article you all might want to read:

  • Epstein-Barr Virus Could Boost MS Risk!

  • Now, I am not a doctor, but I find this interesting, especially because I used to work in Nephrology (kidney disease). In my experience, which has only been a couple of years, of having been diagnosed with MS, the one interaction I seem to hear a lot about is liver problems. All the interferons seem to have possible liver interactions, so do some of the other oral medications, and to my knowledge I have not heard a whole lot about possible kidney interactions. Epstein-Barr is something that I commonly saw our Nephrology patients had. Like I said before, I am not a doctor, so I am not sure if that is just a coincidence, but I thought that was interesting. Maybe this is an area research should be focusing on! If there is some kind of relation between EBV and MS and there is not a high incident of MS patients with kidney problems (I don't know if that is the case or not, just thinking out loud) maybe there is a possible way of finding a treatment here? Who knows?

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