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posted 3 Mar 2015, 04:34 by Alan B.
Every so often a news story pops up in the papers and on the TV announcing a cure for MS or some new wonder drug to treat symptoms. These stories often have a grain of truth but are usually very misleading. The latest story you might have come across involves Coffee! Drinking coffee helps people with MS they say!!. The actual research that lies behind the story is interesting but needs to be looked at closely. I came across it through my subscription to Medscape - a US based internet service which reports on medical research and developments across the board. I subscribe to news alerts about MS. The "coffee" story is HERE. It begins 

"Drinking coffee may reduce the risk for multiple sclerosis (MS), according to new data from two large population-based studies, one from Sweden and one from the United States."

So I guess what is key is that coffee MAY reduce the risk; and it may reduce the RISK, not provide a treatment or cure. 

Interesting but not a magic cure.