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Red hair in women linked to elevated CRP levels in Nurses’ Health Study

Key clinical point: On average, women with natural red hair had elevated CRP levels compared with women with nonred hair, according to data from the Nurses’ Health Study.

Major finding: Women with nonred hair had CRP levels from 10.9% to 14.1% lower than women with red hair in multivariate analysis.

Study details: The data come from 8,994 women who were participating in the Nurses’ Health Study.

Disclosures: The study was supported by the National Institutes of Health. Lead author Dr. Hartman was supported by an American Skin Association Research Grant.


Hartman RI et al. J Invest Dermatol. 2020 Oct 12. doi: 10.1016/j.jid.2020.09.015.