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Archive for the ‘Vitamins and Minerals’ Category

Vitamin D3 Dosage for Preterm Infants

Babies who are born before term (preemies) are at risk for vitamin D deficiency, which can lead to rickets, a condition characterized by weakening of bones. However, medical organizations have not reached a consensus on how much vitamin D preemies should receive and current dosages range from 400 IU to 1000 IU per day. This prompted investigators from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, to conduct a study on vitamin D supplementation in preterm infants, the largest one to date. The study, led by Chandra Kumar Natarajan, DM, included 96 infants who were born between 28 and 34 […]

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Vit C Improves Lung Function in Babies of Mom Smokers

Scientists have found a potential treatment that could reduce the impact of maternal smoking on their newborn babies’ respiratory health. Although doctors advise women smokers to avoid smoking during pregnancy, about 50% of women cannot quit the habit. This has been associated been with an increased risk of babies suffering from wheezing, asthma and other problems. Lead author Cynthia T. McEvoy, MD, associate professor of pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and colleagues report at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Washington, DC that they have found that vitamin C intake during pregnancy […]

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Magnesium Important to Kids’ Bone Health

Calcium intake has always been associated with bone building and dietary guidelines often emphasize that children should consume calcium-rich foods for bone health. However, researchers have found that another mineral, magnesium, may also play an equally important role in bone health and that parents must ensure that their children get enough magnesium-rich foods as possible. Lead author Steven A. Abrams MD, FAAP, professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and colleagues looked into the effect of magnesium intake and absorption on bone mineral content in children ages 4-8 years. The report, which was presented recently at the […]

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Why Kids Should Play More Outdoors

Children who play outdoors not only get enough vitamin D from sunlight exposure, they also reduce their stress and boost their immunity. Jennifer Shu, M.D., medical editor of advises planning outdoor activities together or making outdoor play a part of family traditions. One of the well-recognized benefits of increasing physical activity is reduction of obesity risk. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends limiting kids’ time spent on computers and TV to two hours daily and getting them outdoors, instead to reduce their odds of becoming overweight or obese. Aside from this, they also benefit from being exposed to […]

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Vitamin D for Chronic Liver Disease

Chronic liver disease usually deteriorates progressively when fibrous scar tissue accumulates, leading to liver fibrosis. Chronic liver disease usually results from chronic hepatitis, excessive alcohol intake and, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). There are no effective drug treatments for liver fibrosis at present, but scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies believe they might have discovered a possible treatment for the condition. Ronald M. Evans, a professor in Salk’s Gene Expression Laboratory and lead researcher in the Institute’s new Helmsley Center for Genomic Medicine reports that they have discovered that a synthetic form of vitamin D, calcipotriol, deactivates fibrosis in the […]

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