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Do parents who have MS believe that it will affect their child’s educational achievement.

Researchers from Swansea and Cardiff University have found that having a mother with MS does not significantly worsen performance for their children. A small study, which was presented in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry,  looked at routinely collected data. Such as electronic health records and health administrative data.

More About MS: MS is an autoimmune condition and it attacks the myelin sheath in the brain and spinal cord. This kind of damage can be seen on an MRI Scan. It can cause long-term disabilities with broad Social Economic consequences.

What causes MS?
Why do some people develop multiple sclerosis? (MS) It isn’t known exactly, it’s not personally caused by anyone who might develop MS. Sadly it’s not clear if it can be prevented.

Does this mean if the parent(s) who have MS will their children will have it too? Investigations have found that whether having a mother with MS affects the educational achievements of their children.

How was it researched?
It was identified that using anonymised lists of 1584 women who were diagnosed with MS at the neuroscience centres in Cardiff and Swansea, they were linked to population level routinely collected health and education data. We identified children born to mothers with MS and compared performance in Key Stage (KS) 2–4 tests, taken at ages 11, 14 and 16 to a control group (matched in some cases for deprivation score, maternal age and year of birth and others). This was measuring the core subject indicator (CSI) as an outcome measure.

Results
525 Children from Mothers with MS has tests results were available from 2003 – 2016; there were 2217 matched controls. there was no significant overall difference in CSI achievement between cases and controls: KS2 (85.3%v84.3%); KS3 (75%v71.5%); KS4 (52.1%v50.5%). Greater Expanded Disability Score Status did not significantly worsen performance, but longer time since diagnosis improved performance in KS3 and KS4.

Conclusion
Having a mother with MS did not significantly worsen performance in national attainment tests and was associated with improved performance in some subgroups.

About me
Hi, My name is Joanne. I was diagnosed with MS at the beginning of 2018. I’m in and out of hospital for various appointments. I have the Primary Progressive type. It has stopped me from doing my favourite hobby of meeting up with friends in Oxford to watch the filming of Endeavour and seeing the actor who plays Morse himself. I hope anyone reading this are as well as you can be. Jo x