The epidemiologic analysis of veterans' records for MS was not based on any evidence that veterans had an increased risk of MS, nor has any been accumulated that military service increases the risk of MS. Certainly, there are abundant data showing that stress impacts health in a variety of ways. Stress may be a factor in precipitating MS in the same ways in military life as in civilian life. However, the subject of military service, exposure to toxins peculiar to military life, and an increased risk of MS have not been the specific aim of any prospective studies.
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