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2014-04-01 14:26:51

New research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center suggests that physicians are ordering vitamin D deficiency screening tests for preventive care purposes rather than after patients develop conditions caused by decreased bone density. For older patients, having a low vitamin D level is a condition that can cause weakening of bones, which can lead to fractures, and in children the deficiency can lead to rickets. The 2011 Institute of Medicine guidelines for vitamin D and calcium emphasize...

Questioning Vitamin D Benefits
2013-12-06 12:05:23

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new research review from a team of French and Belgian researchers has cast some doubt on the health benefits of vitamin D supplements. Sometimes referred to as the ‘sunshine vitamin,’ vitamin D is generated by the skin when it is exposed to ultraviolet radiation. It can also be found in fish liver oil, eggs and fatty fish such as salmon or mackerel. Americans spend approximately $600 million a year on vitamin D supplements, which...

One Third Of The World's Population Has Insufficient Vitamin D Levels
2013-09-05 07:46:48

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online More than one-third of people worldwide have insufficient levels of vitamin D, which has been linked to a decreased risk of osteoporosis, cancer and cardiovascular disease, researchers report in a new study appearing in the British Journal of Nutrition. In a systematic review of 200 population-based vitamin D studies from 44 countries, principal investigator Dr. Kristina Hoffmann of Heidelberg University’s Mannheim Institute of...

Sunshine Vitamin Can Help Keep Your Bones Healthy
2013-07-11 05:08:18

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Parents who yell at their kids to "go out and play" this summer may want to follow their own advice. A new study from US Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has found bone aging can be accelerated from a lack of vitamin D. Synthesized when the skin is exposed to the sun's rays, vitamin D conveys numerous other health benefits including lowering the risks of multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis in women....

2013-05-06 12:08:15

Largest study to date of preemies shows 800 IU more effective than 400 IU in decreasing vitamin D insufficiency Preterm infants may need to be given 800 international units (IU) of vitamin D a day to ensure they develop strong bones, according to a study to be presented Sunday, May 5, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Washington, DC. Preemies are known to be at risk for vitamin D insufficiency. If levels of vitamin D are too low, infants and children can get...

2013-05-01 15:38:06

Study confirms 400 IU daily dose for infants under one year of age Vitamin D is crucial to the growth of healthy bones. It is especially important that babies get enough of it during the first twelve months of their lives when their bones are growing rapidly. This is why health care providers frequently recommend that parents give their babies a daily vitamin D supplement. But how much vitamin D should babies be given? A new study led by Prof. Hope Weiler, from the School of Dietetics...

2013-03-21 10:24:25

Research from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) shows that improving vitamin D status by increasing its level in the blood could have a number of non-skeletal health benefits. The study, published online in PLOS ONE, reveals for the first time that improvement in the vitamin D status of healthy adults significantly impacts genes involved with a number of biologic pathways associated with cancer, cardiovascular disease (CVD), infectious diseases and autoimmune diseases. While...

2013-02-21 23:02:22

Dr. Joel Buchalter offers tips for preventing Osteomalacia Carmel, NY (PRWEB) February 21, 2013 While osteomalacia is not well known, seniors should pay special attention to this easily preventable disease. Osteomalacia is a softening of the bones that is often caused by a vitamin D deficiency. In children, this condition is called rickets. “Osteomalacia is not the same as osteoporosis, another bone disorder that can also lead to fractures,” says Dr. Joel Buchalter, founding...

2013-02-12 11:55:09

Study finds African-American, Caucasian women absorb, metabolize vitamin D at same rate African-American women battling vitamin D deficiencies need the same dose as Caucasian women to treat the condition, according to a recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM). Although women with darker skin tones tend to have lower levels of the biomarker used to measure Vitamin D levels, called 25-hydroxyvitamin D or...

Vitamin D Deficiency More Likely To Occur In Obese Individuals
2013-02-06 14:18:39

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Vitamin D is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, helping to build strong bones and stave off rickets. A new study has shown that there may be a deficiency of this vitamin in people who are obese. According to this research, published in the journal PLoS Medicine, obese individuals are more likely to have such a deficiency, potentially weakening their bones and placing further stress on their skeletal systems. The...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.