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Narrowband UVB for vitiligo linked to lower fracture risk


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Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Reuters Health - 18/09/2020 - Vitiligo patients who receive long-term narrowband UVB phototherapy are at lower risk of major osteoporotic fractures, new research shows. "Systemic phototherapy to treat vitiligo can unexpectedly reduce the risk of fractures. These findings were more pronounced in older women," Dr. Jung Min Bae of St. Vincent's Hospital at the Catholic University of Korea in Seoul, the study's senior author, told Reuters Health by email. "Narrowband UVB phototherapy not only improves vitiligo, but may also have accidental health benefits." Narrowband UV-B (NB-UVB) is the main therapy for people with vitiligo, who typically receive two or three treatments a week. Some vitiligo patients are reluctant to undergo NB-UVB, due to safety concerns, Dr. Bae noted in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. In the new study, he and his colleagues reviewed Korean National Health Insurance claims data on 3,678 vitiligo patients who had received f...


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