Seven Things That Could Increase Your Risk of MS

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Gender

Montel Williams might be the celebrity name that comes to mind when you think about MS, but the disease disproportionately strikes women. And according to the experts, the gender gap is widening. It used to be two women to every one man, but new studies show it is approaching four women to every man. Another recent study says Black women are more likely to contract MS than previously thought.

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