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December 23 2012

Vikings could be to blame for why Scots have highest levels of multiple sclerosis in the world

People living on a group of Scottish islands could have the highest rate of multiple sclerosis in the world thanks to the Vikings, researchers claim.

Scientists at Edinburgh University found that one in every 170 women in the Orkney Islands suffers from the disease.

Dr Jim Wilson, who led the study, said their Norse ancestry may be at least partly to blame.

The Vikings used the islands as a base for their raids and they remained under the rule of Norwegian “jarls” until 1231.

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