MS & Heat
People with multiple sclerosis may have more trouble with the summer heat than just staying cool.
People with multiple sclerosis may be having more trouble with the summer heat than just staying cool.
Individuals with MS often report worse symptoms when the weather is hot. A study published online at neurology.org concludes hot weather may also worsen the ability to perform mental tasks in some people with MS.
The research was conducted by Victoria Leavitt, PhD; John DeLuca, PhD; and colleagues at the Kessler Foundation Research Center in New Jersey. The findings need further exploration but may help in a number of ways.
Awareness of heat-related problems with mental tasks may impact decisions such as whether to take a mentally challenging college course in the summer or winter.
The results also suggest that clinical trials involving people with MS should take temperature into consideration when designing the study and interpreting the results.
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MS & Heat
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