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Audio long-read: The quest to prevent MS — and understand other post-viral diseases

Nature
Asher Mullard
2022 04 25
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The quest to prevent MS — and understand other post-viral diseases, read by Benjamin Thompson

Results from a huge epidemiological study found that infection by the Epstein-Barr virus increases the risk of developing multiple sclerosis 32-fold. This result, combined with emerging mechanistic insights into how the virus triggers brain damage, are raising the prospect of treating or preventing MS.

These advances come at a time when researchers are more interested than ever in what happens in the months and years following a viral infection, and highlights the issues untangling the relationships between infectious diseases and chronic conditions.

This is an audio version of our Feature: The quest to prevent MS — and understand other post-viral diseases.

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