HealthDay operates under the strictest editorial standards. Our syndicated news content is completely independent of any financial interests, is based solely on industry-respected sources and the latest scientific research, and is carefully fact-checked by a team of industry experts to ensure accuracy.
- All articles are edited and checked for factual accuracy by our Editorial Team prior to being published.
- Unless otherwise noted, all articles focusing on new research are based on studies published in peer-reviewed journals or issued from independent and respected medical associations, academic groups and governmental organizations.
- Each article includes a link or reference to the original source.
- Any known potential conflicts of interest associated with a study or source are made clear to the reader.
Please see our Editorial and Fact-Checking Policy for more detail.Editorial and Fact-Checking Policy
HealthDay Editorial Commitment
HeathDay is committed to maintaining the highest possible levels of impartial editorial standards in the content that we present on our website. All of our articles are chosen independent of any financial interests. Editors and writers make all efforts to clarify any financial ties behind the studies on which we report.
WEDNESDAY, April 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with relapsing-onset multiple sclerosis, beta interferon treatment is associated with a lower mortality risk, according to a study published online March 18 in Brain.
Elaine Kingwell, Ph.D., from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and colleagues examined the correlation between beta interferon and mortality in a population-based observational study of patients with relapsing-onset multiple sclerosis registered at a clinic in British Columbia, Canada, or in Rennes, France. There were 742 deaths among 5,989 participants; 649 of these cases were matched to one to 20 controls by country, sex, age, year, and disability level at study entry.
The researchers found that compared with controls, cases had significantly lower odds of beta interferon exposure (odds ratio, 0.68; 95 percent confidence interval, 0.53 to 0.89). Increased survival was correlated with more than three years of beta interferon exposure (odds ratio, 0.44; 95 percent confidence interval, 0.3 to 0.66) but not with lower exposure (six months to three years: odds ratio, 1; 95 percent confidence interval, 0.73 to 1.38). The findings were similar within sex and country and for deaths related to multiple sclerosis.
"Further work is warranted to assess whether this survival advantage extends to other disease-modifying therapies for multiple sclerosis and whether this observed survival advantage results in a measurable improvement in the quality of life lived," the authors write.
Several authors disclosed financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry.
This story may be outdated. We suggest some alternatives.
The content contained in this article is over two years old. As such our recommendation is that you reference the articles below for the latest updates on this topic. This article has been left on our site as a matter of historic record. Please contact us at email@example.com with any questions.
Updated on May 27, 2022