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High Serum Vitamin D Linked With Reduced Risk Of Multiple Sclerosis – Study

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Executive Summary

Results of a large observational study linking high circulating levels of vitamin D to a lower risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) in whites add to a growing body of evidence on the vitamin's role in prevention

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