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Salt linked to autoimmune diseases

What started as a detailed study of the inner workings of one kind of immune cell has led two teams of researchers from New England to a surprising insight: A high-salt diet may increase risk of autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and psoriasis.

The intriguing connection, reported Wednesday, is an important step in identifying dietary and other environmental causes of these disorders at a time when many of them have been on the rise.

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