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How Much Do You Know About Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system, the brain, and spinal cord. Its symptoms can range from benign to severe. Find out more about this mysterious illness by taking this quiz, based on information from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).

1. Although exact numbers are not available, approximately how many people in the United States have MS?
2. MS affects the central nervous system (CNS). Which part of the CNS is affected?
3. Which age group is MS most likely to strike?
4. Although the exact cause of MS is not yet known, which factor may play a role?
5. How does the disease usually progress?
6. A woman with MS who wants to have children should be aware that her disease may affect her pregnancy in what way?
7. What are some of the symptoms of MS?
8. If symptoms and a physical exam suggest a diagnosis of MS, how does a doctor confirm it?
9. Which therapy is often recommended for treating slowly progressing MS?
10. Which of these so-called therapies is NOT recommended for MS?