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Sunshine Linked to Lower Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk: Study
Date:2/5/2013

searchers found an association between greater estimated exposure to UV-B light and lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis in the women in the first phase of the Nurses' Health Study, the finding did not prove that there was a cause-and-effect relationship.

It's not known how UV-B exposure might reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis, but it could be due to the skin's production of vitamin D in response to sunlight, the study authors suggested in a journal news release.

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The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about rheumatoid arthritis.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, news release, Feb. 4, 2013


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