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Multiple sclerosis

Attacks the CNS and causes neurological disabilities

IT could be mild such as numbness in limbs or severe such as paralysis or loss of vision

Genetic influence is important here

Risk is higher in women than men 2 - 3X higher

Rhematoid arthritis

Attacks the joints

Most often common in women b/n the ages of 40 – 60

Main effect being the inflammation of the joints

But can also cause hemolytic, cardiavascular and respiratory systems

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