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Sunshine may help lower childhood risk of bowel diseases

Short periods of sun exposure, or playing outside, can lower the risk of children developing inflammatory bowel conditions such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, according to a study by the Australian National University.

It found every 10 minutes of sun exposure for a child was associated with a 6 per cent reduction of the risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease.

The paediatric study was based in Melbourne and led by Robyn Lucas, an epidemiologist at the ANU College of Health and Medicine in Canberra.

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