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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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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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Vitamin D from Mushrooms

Eating mushrooms that have been exposed to sunlight and contain vitamin D2 may be as effective at increasing and maintaining serum vitamin D levels as taking supplemental vitamin D2 or vitamin D3, according to research from Boston University School of Medicine. These findings appear online in Dermato-Endocrinology. Vitamin D, also called the sunshine vitamin, is important for maintaining bone health and muscle strength. When present in adequate amounts, it helps maintain bone density and reduces the risk of fracture, weak bones, and osteoarthritis. This nutrient also plays a role in modulating the immune system and reduces the risk of chronic […]

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Dark-Skinned Women Need Vitamin D Too

Women with darker skin tones produce less vitamin D in the skin after exposure to sunlight and as such have lower levels of 2-OHD (25-hydroxyvitamin D), a biomarker used in measuring vitamin D levels.  The recent study showed that older African-American women who are suffering deficiency in vitamin D need the same doses as Caucasian women to cure the condition. In the study, varying doses of vitamin D were given to African-American and Caucasian women with similar levels of 25OHD biomarker and body size. Results of the study showed that both groups have the same metabolism and absorption of vitamin […]

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