Exposure to UV Radiation and Human Health

Michael G. Kimlin*

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This paper will overview the significant issues facing researchers in relating the impact of exposure to sunlight and human health. Exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation is the major causative factor in most sun-related skin and eye disorders, however, very little is known quantitatively about human UV exposures. Interestingly, human exposure to sunlight also has a nutritional impact, namely the development of pre-Vitamin D, which is an important nutrient in bone health. New research suggest that low vitamin D status may be a causative factor in the development of selective types of cancer and autoimminue diseases, as well as a contributing factor in bone health. The 'health duality' aspect of sunlight exposure is an interesting and controversial topic that is a research focus of Kimlin's research group.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering: Ultraviolet Ground- and Space-based Measurements, Models, and Effects V
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event Optics and Photonics 2005 - San Diego, United States
Duration: 31 Jul 20051 Aug 2005

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


Conference Optics and Photonics 2005
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Internet address


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