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MS and Hodgkin's Lymphoma May Run in Families

Two diseases that frequently strike young, affluent adults may share similar causes. A new study shows that multiple sclerosis (MS) and Hodgkin lymphoma tend to run in families and provides new evidence to support the notion that the two diseases may have a common origin.

Researchers say the diseases share many characteristics, which have prompted many to suspect that they may have a common environmental or physical cause. For example, both emerge in young adulthood, have been associated with socioeconomic affluence, and tend to cluster within families.

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disorder that affects the nervous system and causes loss of muscle control. Hodgkin's lymphoma is a type of cancer that develops in a type of white blood cell within the lymph nodes and affects the ability of the immune system to provide protection against infection. It causes swelling of the nodes and pain.

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May 18, 2004 in environment | Permalink

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