April-born most at risk of multiple sclerosis

The study suggest that mothers pregnant during the autumn and winter months are most likely to give birth to those who would develop the condition.

Researchers attribute it to mother’s lack of exposure to sunlight during this phase, linked to genes thought to be associated with MS.

MS is a chronic, often disabling disease, that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), comprising the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves.

Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another.

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