By Audrey Quinn
Posting in Technology
Just as many of us are looking forward to warmer months ahead, scientists are finding that higher temperatures can hinder the cognitive performance of people with multiple sclerosis.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) has long perplexed researchers by its prevalence in more temperate regions of the world. A new study from the Kessler Foundation Research Center (KFRC) further complicates the association between MS and outdoor temperature.
MS patients have been known to suffer more medical problems on hotter days. The KFRC researchers wanted to know if higher temperatures also impacted cognitive function.
The team gave cognitive tests to 40 patients with MS and 40 healthy control subjects over the course of a year. People with MS scored 70% higher on cooler days than warmer ones, while temperature did not correlate to cognitive performance in the healthy control subjects.
These findings could affect the way researchers look at data from clinical trials of people with MS. Many trials run for at least six months, spanning multiple seasons. Differences in outdoor temperature could confound comparisons between cognitive tests taken at the beginning and end of the trials.
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Mar 13, 2012
Really! I thought this had been shown literally years ago. My husband was diagnosed 14 years ago and the first thing his neurologist told him to do was install air conditioning in our home, improve his education so that he could work in an air conditioned office, replace his old truck with one that had air, and NEVER consider retiring to a tropic region. Two years ago he commited suicide one day after his father's 70th birthday and two days before his parent's 50th wedding anniversary. The day? July 2nd. No one will ever tell me again that MS doesn't take a toll on the emotional aspects of the brain. If it can't affect things beyond physical functions, why would things like cognitive and emotional function problems be so rampent?
On the TED channel at TEDxIowaCity - Dr. Terry Wahls - Minding Your Mitochondria http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLjgBLwH3Wc The Dr. Terry describes how she cured herself ! This info might help someone ...