Ambient Air Quality and Occurrence of Multiple Sclerosis Relapse

@article{Oikonen2003AmbientAQ,
  title={Ambient Air Quality and Occurrence of Multiple Sclerosis Relapse},
  author={Mervi K Oikonen and Mikko Laaksonen and Pekka Laippala and Olli Oksaranta and Esa Matti Lilius and S. Lindgren and Auli Rantio‐Lehtim{\"a}ki and A. Anttinen and Krahn Koski and J. -P. Erälinna},
  journal={Neuroepidemiology},
  year={2003},
  volume={22},
  pages={95 - 99}
}
Infectious viruses and bacteria can trigger multiple sclerosis (MS) exacerbations. Seasonally changing concentrations of ambient air pollutants are known to predispose to transmissible infections, to induce systemic immune responses and to enhance existing peripheral inflammation. Ambient air quality and monthly MS relapse occurrence in south-western Finland were compared by multivariate logistic regression. The odds ratio of the risk of a relapse onset was over fourfold (4.143, p < 0.001) when… 

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