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Lower rates of sepsis are seen in areas that have more solar ultraviolet-B radiation and in summer when solar ultraviolet-B radiation is stronger.
Epidemiological studies of sepsis in the United States provide plenty of evidence that solar UVB reduces the risk of sepsis.
African-Americans have higher hospitalization rates for sepsis than White-Americans234. African-Americans have lower mean serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] levels than White-Americans (16 ng/mL vs. 26 ng/mL)5.
Those with diseases associated with low serum 25(OH)D levels such as cancer have higher rates of sepsis6.
Page last edited: 03 May 2011
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