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Multiple sclerosis in New Zealand Māori


Pearson, JF and Alla, S and Clarke, G and Taylor, BV and Miller, DH and Richardson, A and Mason, DF, Multiple sclerosis in New Zealand Māori, Multiple Sclerosis Journal, 20, (14) pp. 1892-1895. ISSN 1477-0970 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1352458514535130


The prevalence of MS in New Zealand in 2006 was 73.2 (age standardized per 100,000) while for those with indigenous Māori ancestry it was 3.6 times lower at 20.6. Earlier regional surveys (1968-2001) all reported much lower, or zero, prevalence for Māori than European. There was no evidence for differences in MS between those with and without Māori ancestry in either clinical features or latitude, confirming that Māori ancestry does not produce the reported increase in prevalence with latitude. It is likely that prevalence is increasing in low risk Māori; however, MS prognosis is independent of Māori ancestry.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Multiple sclerosis, prevalence, Māori, indigenous, clinical symptoms, latitude gradient
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Neurosciences
Research Field:Central Nervous System
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions)
Objective Field:Nervous System and Disorders
Author:Taylor, BV (Professor Bruce Taylor)
ID Code:92476
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2014-06-19
Last Modified:2017-11-06

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