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Canada has highest rate of MS in the world; Denmark and Sweden very high

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  • Canada has highest rate of MS in the world; Denmark and Sweden very high

    LONDON -- It's a disease that strikes down adults at their prime -- and it's found Ground Zero in Canada.

    Multiple sclerosis afflicts Canadians at a rate that far outpaces anyplace else in the world, a new survey has found.

    "It's really shocking It is almost like a Canadian disease," said Karen Lee, of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

    Nearly 100,000 Canadians have the disease, a rate that's 28% higher than the country with the second-highest mark, Denmark, and nine times higher than the global average, according to the survey by the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation.
    Dave Bexfield

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    THE MS TOP 10

    (Disease prevalence per 100,000 population)

    Canada: 291

    Denmark: 227

    Sweden: 189

    Hungary: 176

    Cyprus: 175

    U.K.: 164

    Czech Rep.: 160

    Norway: 160

    Germany: 149

    Austria: 140

    -- Source: Multiple Sclerosis International Federation, World Health Organization
    Dave Bexfield


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      Cyprus being so high on the list is interesting...

      All of these top nations fit the lack of sunshine/vitamin D hypotheses very nicely - except for Cyprus.

      According to wikepdia, Cypus gets 5 to 6 hours of sunshine per day even in December and 12 to 13 in July (double the rate of northern European nations).

      Am wondering if Cyprus has a lot of immigrants who distort these numbers in some is a poplar spot for Europeans to retire to.