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News2014November › Lack of sunshine key to MS, Parkinson's › November 2014

Lack of sunshine key to MS, Parkinson's

A vitamin D deficiency - usually the result of staying out of the sun - may be the key to a range of neuromuscular diseases, such as multiplesclerosis, Parkinson's and myasthenia gravis

A vitamin D deficiency - usually the result of staying out of the sun - may be the key to a range of neuromuscular diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's and myasthenia gravis.

Elderly people who are frail and at risk of falling should also be given vitamin D supplements, says Illeane Howard, from the University of Washington school of medicine.

Dr Howard says that vitamin D deficiency is common in neuromuscular diseases and neurological disorders. She says the association is probably complex, but she urges doctors to look at vitamin D levels in patients with neurological disorders, and offer supplements when necessary.

(Source: proceedings of the annual meeting of the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine)


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