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Vitamin D Found to Influence Over 200 Genes, Highlighting Links

Newly published research has found that vitamin D directly influences over 200 genes, which may indicate that vitamin D deficiency would increase susceptibility to a wide range of diseases. Research evidence links vitamin D deficiency to susceptibility to autoimmune conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS), rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, as well as certain cancers and even dementia.

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Genetic Factors Observed in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis causes persistent pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of motion in the joints. Research has indicated JIA as an autoimmune disorder and that heredity and environment seem to play a role. Scientists suspect that it is a two-step process. First, something in a child’s genetic makeup gives him or her a tendency to develop JIA; then an environmental factor, such as a virus, triggers the development of the disease.

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