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Food Allergies in Children Linked to Lack of Sufficient Sunlight

by Kathy Jones on February 4, 2012 at 5:34 PM
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 Food Allergies in Children Linked to Lack of Sufficient Sunlight

A new study conducted by a team of American and Australian researchers has once again underlined the importance of sunlight and revealed that children living in areas which lack sufficient amount of sunlight may have a higher risk of suffering from food allergies and eczema.

The researchers studied how rates of food allergy, eczema and asthma differed in Australia and found that on average, children living in the south, where there is less sunlight, were two times more likely to develop eczema compared to children living in the north.

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"We're now hoping to study these effects at a much finer scale and examine which factors such as temperature, infectious disease or vitamin D are the main drivers of this relationship", lead researcher Dr Nick Osborne said.

The study has been published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.



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