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New cohort study shows association between sun exposure and risk of Crohn’s disease

Posted on: December 18, 2013   by  Jeff Nicklas

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In a recent prospective cohort study, researchers out of France have found a relationship between resident sun exposure and risk of Crohn’s disease but not ulcerative colitis.

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are both autoimmune diseases and forms of inflammatory bowel disease. Inflammatory bowel diseases are characterized by a chronic immune response and inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. In inflammatory bowel diseases, the immune system mistakes food and bacteria as foreign substances and subsequently attacks the cells of the intestines.

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