An unsolved mystery in the Faroe Islands.
This is the sort of statistical blip that might pinpoint the cause of a disease.
Dr. Kurtzke not only assembled unique sets of data on MS in the Faroes, he has also been involved in dozens of studies since then focused on triggering suspects. They included measles, polio, and canine distemper viruses -- but none have remained on the hot list after careful statistical analyses.
Dr. Kurtzke continues his study of the Faroe Island data to this day, but the cause of the outbreak may never be established until more is understood about the cause of MS itself. Rather, the studies make some theories about what causes MS much less likely.
Neuroepidemiology, on the other hand, is now considered to be important to the effort to understand MS -- and other neurologic diseases too -- thanks to Dr. Kurtzke's skill and persistence.
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|Title Annotation:||amount of multiple sclerosis cases may pinpoint cause|
|Date:||Jun 22, 1997|
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