Pediatric-onset MS (PoMS) is associated with less educational achievement, lower earnings, and greater use of disability benefits throughout the working-age life span, according to a study published in JAMA Neurology. Researchers examined the associations between PoMS and educational level and income throughout adulthood. Nationwide microdata from linked Swedish registers were used to identify 485 patients with PoMS diagnosed from 1980 to 2014 and 4,850 age- and sex-matched controls without MS. Individuals with PoMS were less likely than matched controls to attend college (odds ratio, 0.80) and had significantly lower annual earnings than the reference cohort (−$1,618 in the youngest age period to −$10,683 in the oldest). Higher rates of disability benefits, as recorded by sickness absence days in the youngest age period (rate ratio [RR], 3.06) and disability pension days in the oldest age period (RR, 1.43), were seen among people with PoMS.
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