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  • Rabbits kept indoors could be vitamin D deficient

    Regular exposure to artificial ultraviolet B light for two weeks doubled rabbits' serum vitamin D levels, the researchers found.

    Regular exposure to artificial ultraviolet B light for two weeks doubled rabbits' serum vitamin D levels, the researchers found.

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      Regular exposure to artificial ultraviolet B light for two weeks doubled rabbits' serum vitamin D levels, the researchers found.

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      University of Illinois veterinary clinical medicine professor Mark Mitchell and his colleagues found that artificial UVB lights quickly boost vitamin D levels in rabbits housed indoors.

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  • To reach Mark Mitchell, email mmitch@illinois.edu. The paper, “Effects of Ultraviolet Radiation Produced From Artificial Lights on Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Concentration in Captive Domestic Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculi),” is available online.