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This may be surprising. Children of parents with MS did better in school than other children.

Does this mean that people with MS are smarter and would tend to have smarter kids? I'm not speculating about that because that's a fuzzy area.

It MIGHT mean that families with MS are more aware of the limitations imposed by that MS--and so the kids try harder in school. Just guessing here.

From PubMed, August 20, 2016:

J Neurol. 2016 Aug 19.

Educational achievements of children of parents with multiple sclerosis: A nationwide register-based cohort study.

Moberg JY1,2, Magyari M3,4, Koch-Henriksen N4,5, Thygesen LC6, Laursen B6, Soelberg Sørensen P3,7.

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1Danish Multiple Sclerosis Center, Department of Neurology, Rigshospitalet, Blegdamsvej 9, 2100, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2University of Copenhagen, Norregade 10, 1165, Copenhagen, Denmark.

3Danish Multiple Sclerosis Center, Department of Neurology, Rigshospitalet, Blegdamsvej 9, 2100, Copenhagen, Denmark.

4The Danish Multiple Sclerosis Registry, Rigshospitalet, Tagensvej 22, 2200, Copenhagen, Denmark.

5Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Clinical Institute, University of Aarhus, Sdr. Skovvej 15, 9000, Aalborg, Denmark.

6National Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Oster Farimagsgade 5A, 1353, Copenhagen, Denmark.

7University of Copenhagen, Norregade 10, 1165, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Little is known about the impact of parental multiple sclerosis (MS) on offspring's educational attainment. The objective of the study was to examine educational achievements in offspring of parents with MS compared with matched children of parents without MS in a nationwide register-based cohort study.

Children of all Danish-born residents with onset between 1950 and 1986 were identified by linking the Danish Multiple Sclerosis Registry with the Civil Registration System. Twins, children with MS, and emigrated persons were excluded. The reference cohort consisted of randomly drawn individuals from the Civil Registration System without parental MS matched 8:1 to the MS offspring by sex and year of birth.

Information about education was linked to the cohorts from nationwide educational registries. We included 4177 children of MS parents and 33,416 reference persons. Children of MS parents achieved statistically significant higher average grades than the reference cohort in their final exam of basic school with a mean grade difference of 0.46 (95 % CI 0.22-0.69; p = 0.0002). We found no difference in achievement of educational level above basic school (OR 1.04; 95 % CI 0.98-1.10; p = 0.20).

There was a trend toward more MS offspring attaining health-related educations (OR 1.10; 95 % CI 1.00-1.21; p = 0.06).

In conclusion, children of MS parents showed a small advantage in grade point average in final examinations in basic school, and they more often tended toward health-related educations. This study revealed no negative consequences of parental MS on grades and highest educational level achieved.

The abstract can be seen here.
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SPMS, diagnosed 1980. Avonex 2001-2004. Copaxone 2007-2010.


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