HealthDay News – According to a study published online Feb.22 in JAMA Neurology, multiple sclerosis (PoMS) in children is linked to fewer educational attainments, lower incomes, and higher life-cycle disability benefits of working age.
Kyla A. McKay, Ph.D., of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, and colleagues examined the relationships between PoMS and adult education level and income. Nationwide microdata from linked Swedish registries were used to identify 485 patients diagnosed with PoMS from 1980 to 2014 and 4,850 age- and sex-matched controls without MS.
The researchers found that individuals with PoMS were less likely than comparable controls to attend university (odds ratio, 0.80) and had a significantly lower annual income than the reference cohort (- $ 1,618 in the youngest age period to – $ 10,683 in the oldest) . People with PoMS were found to have higher rates of disability benefits recorded by sick days in the most recent age period (rate ratio 3.06) and disability pension days in the oldest age period (rate ratio 1.43).
“This study suggests that PoMS can have lasting consequences that are reflected in lower educational performance and income, as well as greater use of disability benefits in adulthood,” the authors write.
Several authors have disclosed financial relationships with biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.
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