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Ecologic analysis of some immune-related disorders, including type 1 diabetes, in Australia: latitude, regional ultraviolet radiation, and disease prevalence

Staples, Judith A; Ponsonby, Anne-Louise; Lim, Lynette; McMichael, Anthony


The apparent immune-suppressive effect of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) has suggested that this environmental exposure may influence the development of immune-related disorders. Self-reported prevalence rates of type 1 diabetes mellitus, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) , eczema/dermatitis, and asthma, from the 1995 Australian National Health Survey, were therefore examined by latitude and ambient level of UVR. A positive association of type 1 diabetes mellitus prevalence was found with both increasing...[Show more]

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Date published: 2002-12-19
Type: Journal article
Source: Environmental Health Perspectives
DOI: 10.1289/ehp.5941


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