DISEASES - DISEASES: Multiple Sclerosis: Affects mostly...

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DISEASES: Multiple Sclerosis: Affects mostly young adults Multiple Sclerosis affects the body by impairing the nerves in the central nervous system Once impaired, these nerves lose their ability to communicate with the peripheral nerves of the body that would normally initiate a physical action This inability of the central nervous system to communicate with the peripheral nerves is the reason that MS causes physical impairments and loss of body function. Neurons within the nervous system are covered by an insulation called myelin Normally, myelin accelerates the flow of impulses down the axon of a neuron, but for people with MS, many of the myelin sheaths have been stripped away As a result, these demyelinated neurons lose their ability to effectively communicate with other neurons Because neurons are clumped together within a nerve, many neurons for different pathways can be affected resulting in multiple physical deficiencies The plaques that characterize MS occur wherever demyelination is present. It is believed that demyelination is the result of an autoimmune disorder that has been
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