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Common Pregnancy Hormone Helps Reduce MS Symptoms in Women

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A common pregnancy hormone may help reduce multiple sclerosis symptoms in women.

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine, led by neurologist Dr. Anne Cross, took part in this study giving the female hormone estriol to a small group of women with reoccurring MS.

“Those that got the estriol, in 16 different studies around the country, had an almost 50 percent reduction in relapse rate during the first year,” she says.

Cross calls estriol a safe oral medication that would be easy to manufacture. If this study is repeated in a larger group this could be passed on to patients fairly quickly.

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