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Some contributions of the Department of Veterans Affairs to the epidemiology of multiple sclerosis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18728057     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The first class 1 treatment trial ever conducted in multiple sclerosis (MS) was a Veterans Administration Cooperative Study. This led us to explore MS in the military-veteran populations of the United States in three main series: Army men hospitalized with final diagnoses of MS in World War II, all veterans of World War II and the Korean Conflict, and veterans of later service up to 1994. In each series, all cases had been matched with pre-illness military peers. These series provide major information on its clinical features, course and prognosis, including survival, by sex and race (white men and women; black men), as well as risk factors for occurrence, course, and survival. They comprise the only available nationwide morbidity distributions of MS in the United States. Veterans who are service-connected for MS by the Department of Veterans Affairs and matched with their military peers remain a unique and currently available resource for further clinical and epidemiological study of this disease.
Authors:
J F Kurtzke
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Multiple sclerosis (Houndmills, Basingstoke, England)     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1352-4585     ISO Abbreviation:  Mult. Scler.     Publication Date:  2008 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-08-27     Completed Date:  2008-12-31     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9509185     Medline TA:  Mult Scler     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1007-12     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Professor Emeritus of Neurology, Georgetown University, Washington, District of Columbia, USA. kurtzke2@aol.com
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Case-Control Studies
Female
Humans
Incidence
Male
Multiple Sclerosis / epidemiology*
Risk Factors
Survivors
United States / epidemiology
United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans / statistics & numerical data*
War

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