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Sun exposure seems to lower arthritis risk

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Exposure to sunlight may reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis in women.

Researchers tracked the health and lifetime UV exposure of middle aged women over a 30 year period.

Those with the highest exposure to U-V-B rays were 21% less likely to be diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis than women with the least.

There was no such association when researchers analyzed a younger, more sun-savvy generation of women, suggesting sunscreen may block the positive effects of ultraviolet rays on rheumatoid arthritis.

-Study published in the 'Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases'

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