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Serum Vitamin B 12 Levels and Premature Hair Graying : A Hospital Based Study

@inproceedings{Sharma2018SerumVB,
  title={Serum Vitamin B 12 Levels and Premature Hair Graying : A Hospital Based Study},
  author={Dr. Nidhi Sharma and Mashkoor Ahmed Wani},
  year={2018}
}
Background: Premature graying of hair can lead to immense psychological distress in young children and adolescents. Its exact etiology is not fully elucidated but genetic, environmental and nutritional factors have been implicated. Materials and Methods: This was a case control study conducted in a tertiary care hospital in North India in which 60 patients with premature hair graying and equal number of age and sex matched controls were included and serum Vitamin B12 levels were measured in… 

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