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Could the winter blues be a myth?

THE WINTER weather might not be responsible for depression after all, according to researchers at the University of Warwick.

A lack of vitamin D caused by reduced sunlight has long been believed to cause Seasonal Affective Disorder.

But researchers at Warwick Medical School found no clear link between low levels of vitamin D in the blood and depression after testing more than 3,200 in China.

Dr Oscar Franco, who led the research, said: "More studies are still needed to evaluate whether vitamin D is associated with Seasonal Affective Disorders, but our study does raise questions about the effects of taking more vitamin D to combat depressive symptoms."

The study is published in the Journal of Affective Disorders.
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