Seasonal changes in multiple sclerosis
We seek to identify which elements of the weather may be responsible for any seasonal changes in MS.
Twenty-three years of monthly time series data was from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) were analysed. Prescriptions of Interferon β-1B were utilised as a proxy for MS. Monthly data for mean maximum temperature (o C), mean solar intensity (MJ mm2), mean barometric pressure (hPa) and mean relative humidity (%) for each state’s and territory’s capital city, were also collected for the analysis. Results are forthcoming.