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2008-07-23 06:00:00

Over the last three years, pediatricians in Philadelphia have identified more than 150 cases of rickets, the childhood scourge that was virtually eliminated from early 20th-century America by milk fortified with Vitamin D. Unlike infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, rickets is not tracked by the government, so it is difficult to know if it is increasing. But the new statistic, culled from billing records at three children's hospitals, almost certainly represents just part of the total....

2008-07-22 03:00:18

By Karen Shideler, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Jul. 22--If you keep up with health headlines, you know vitamin D is a bit of a celebrity lately: Low vitamin D levels are common in otherwise healthy children, putting them at risk of rickets, or soft bones. High vitamin D levels seem to reduce the risk of breast cancer. Low vitamin D levels are associated with high death rates from breast and colon cancer and kidney disease. Low vitamin D levels are associated with a higher risk of...

2008-07-04 03:00:06

By Jeffrey Weiss, The Dallas Morning News Jul. 4--Here's a worry to cloud your carefree Fourth of July weekend fun: Is that sunblock you're slathering on to protect you from skin cancer actually making you prone to other diseases from a shortage of Vitamin D? The best answer that medical experts can offer today is: maybe. But if you pay attention to your outside time and what you eat, you can have your sunblock and D it, too. Not so long ago, Vitamin D was considered important mostly...

2008-06-30 21:01:25

By Lisa Rosetta, Salt Lake Tribune SALT LAKE CITY - With summer's full-strength sun overhead, people are slathering on sunscreen and ducking indoors for protection - as they should be, most dermatologists would say. But at least one doctor says to let in the sunshine. Spending about 15 minutes unprotected in the sun two to three times a week, while taking a vitamin D supplement daily, may ward off vitamin D deficiency, said Michael Holick, professor of medicine, physiology and...

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2008-06-24 00:10:00

Austrian researchers found people with a Vitamin D deficiency are more likely to die than their counterparts with high levels of the so-called "sunshine" vitamin. The study found patients with the lowest blood levels of vitamin D were twice as likely to die from any cause during the next eight years than those with the highest levels.  "This is the first association study that shows vitamin D affects mortality regardless of the reason for death," said Harald Dobnig, an internist and...

2008-06-17 06:00:06

By Mary Brophy Marcus Giving your children all they need to grow big and strong may not be as simple as a gummy vitamin and three square meals. They still may be susceptible to an epidemic that's starting to gain the notice of pediatricians and bone doctors across the country: vitamin D deficiency. Mike Stone joined a growing legion of children diagnosed with the condition when an X-ray of his 14-year-old bones revealed a skeleton so thin it appeared clear on film. "My doctor thought...

2008-06-16 18:00:07

SCIENTISTS now believe that up to 80% of skin ageing is a result of our love of the sun, and we're constantly warned that the sun's cancer-causing properties are contributing to the spiralling number of cases of skin cancer in the UK. There are 100,000 new skin cancer cases diagnosed each year according to charity Cancer Research UK, and around 1,800 people a year die from malignant melanoma - the most aggressive skin cancer. But recently other experts have begun to warn that taking sun...

2008-06-16 03:00:07

NEVER mind about the temperature outside - the hottest debate of the summer is whether to sunbathe or not. Over the next few months, many of us will bare all in search of a golden glow, which we're convinced will make us look healthier. The trouble is scientists now believe up to 80 per cent of skin ageing is a result of our love of the sun. There are 100,000 new skin cancer cases diagnosed each year, according to charity Cancer Research UK, and around 1800 people a year die from...

2006-05-17 10:39:15

By Amy Norton NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Though the childhood bone disease rickets has become rare in many countries, the case of one child underscores the potential risk for kids who are allergic to milk. Reporting in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, Canadian doctors describe the case of a 2-year-old boy with milk allergy who developed rickets due to vitamin D deficiency. Rickets is a softening and malformation of the bones that arises from deficiency in vitamin D,...

2006-05-02 10:30:00

By Amy Norton NEW YORK - Pregnant women with relatively low amounts of vitamin D in their diets tend to give birth to smaller infants, a new study suggests. Canadian researchers found that pregnant women who drank little milk or had a lower vitamin D intake tended to have smaller babies than women with higher intakes. Fortified milk is a primary source of vitamin D in Western diets, and the nutrient may be the main reason why women's milk consumption was linked to birthweight, according to...