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Ultraviolet radiation and autoimmune disease: insights from epidemiological research

McMichael, Anthony; Ponsonby, Anne-Louise; van der Mei, Ingrid A F


This review examines the epidemiological evidence that suggests ultraviolet radiation (UVR) may play a protective role in three autoimmune diseases: multiple sclerosis, insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus and rheumatoid arthritis. To date, most of the information has accumulated from population studies that have studied the relationship between geography or climate and autoimmune disease prevalence. An interesting gradient of increasing prevalence with increasing latitude has been observed for...[Show more]

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Date published: 2002
Type: Journal article
Source: Toxicology
DOI: 10.1016/S0300-483X(02)00257-3


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