AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 4, 2017

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In MS, Problems Reading Social Cues May Be Tied to Brain Changes

For people with multiple sclerosis (MS), an impaired ability to understand how others feel and think may be linked to subtle brain changes. “Understanding how MS affects the ‘social brain’ has not been well studied, but the ability to interpret other people’s feelings and intentions may influence people’s ability to maintain a job and their relationships with family and friends,” said Sonia Batista, MD, of the University of Coimbra in Coimbra, Portugal. “These skills are very important for people with MS since having good support is one of the main factors in whether people have a good quality of life.” The study involved 60 people with MS and 60 healthy people of the same age and education level. The people with MS had been diagnosed with the disease for an average of 11 years; 50 had the relapsing-remitting form of the disease and the rest had secondary progressive MS.

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