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Study: Salt may raise your risk of MS

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FOX - A salty diet may help trigger multiple sclerosis.

Three new studies found that eating foods loaded with salt could contribute to the development of auto-immune diseases.

Researchers from Yale, Harvard and the Broad Institute in Boston found that people who ate fast food seemed to have higher levels of inflammatory cells. 

Inflammatory cells are normally used by the immune system to protect people from bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections, but in the case of auto-immune diseases, they attack healthy tissue.

The Yale study found that giving mice a high-salt diet caused the rodents to produce a type of infection-fighting cell that is closely associated with autoimmune diseases.  The mice on salt diets developed a severe form of multiple sclerosis.

The three studies are published in the journal "Nature."

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