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2009-04-23 09:07:52

New research provides evidence for a link between vitamin D insufficiency and asthma severity. Serum levels of vitamin D in more than 600 Costa Rican children were inversely linked to several indicators of allergy and asthma severity, including hospitalizations for asthma, use of inhaled steroids and total IgE levels, according to a study that will appear in the first issue for May of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. While previous in vitro studies have...

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2009-04-21 10:30:00

Keeping warm isn't the only reason lizards and other cold-blooded critters bask in the sun. According to a study published in the May/June issue of Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, chameleons alter their sunbathing behavior based on their need for vitamin D. "It's a longstanding assumption that thermoregulation is the only reason that lizards bask," says Kristopher Karsten, a biologist at Texas Christian University who led the study. "Our results suggest that in addition to...

2009-03-25 20:09:38

Swiss researchers say higher doses of vitamin D daily may reduce bone fracture risk for the elderly. Their analysis of research studies, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found doses higher than 400 international units per day reduced non-vertebral fractures by 20 percent and hip fractures by 18 percent. Heike A. Bischoff-Ferrari of the University of Zurich Hospital in Switzerland and colleagues performed a meta-analysis on 12 previously published clinical trials of oral...

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2009-03-25 14:56:02

In a development that could help improve the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, rickets, and other bone diseases, government chemists are reporting an advance in developing an accurate, reliable set of standards for measuring vitamin D levels in blood. Their findings could affect the health of millions of people worldwide, particularly children, women, and the elderly, who suffer from or are at risk of these debilitating diseases. The study will be presented here today at the American...

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2009-03-24 06:45:00

On Monday, U.S. researchers announced that Americans are not getting enough vitamin D. Researchers from the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine analyzed data from government health surveys, and found that three out of four Americans suffer from "insufficient" levels of vitamin D. Clinicians say insufficient vitamin D levels have been associated with cancer, heart disease, infection and poor health overall. "Vitamin D supplementation appears to mitigate the incidence and adverse...

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2009-03-12 07:20:00

A new study finds that one in seven American adolescents is deficient in vitamin D, something that could raise the risk of high blood pressure, high blood sugar and metabolic syndrome. In the study, which highlights the association between high levels of vitamin D and lower risk of heart disease, researchers in the Department of Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College analyzed 3,577 adolescents aged 12 to 19 years old, 51 percent of which were boys. The ethnic breakdown was similar to...

2009-03-09 07:00:00

Start of Daylight Saving Time Declared 'Vitamin D Day' to Remind Americans to Get More of the Sunshine Vitamin WASHINGTON, March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- As we get ready to change our clocks for Daylight Saving Time, the National Milk Mustache "got milk?" Campaign is declaring it Vitamin D Day to raise awareness of the important role of the "sunshine vitamin." Even though we have the ability to make our own vitamin D when the ultraviolet rays of the sun hit our skin, many Americans fail to get...

2009-03-03 08:03:00

MONTREAL, March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Enobia Pharma, an emerging Canadian biotech company focused on developing novel therapeutics for serious bone disorders, today announced completion of target enrollment in its pilot clinical trial in infants suffering from a severe form of hypophosphatasia. Enobia is investigating Enzyme Replacement Therapy (ERT) with ENB-0040 for the treatment of this rare and often crippling genetic bone disorder for which there is no approved treatment. ENB-002-08 is an...

2009-02-03 10:04:00

New Research is Discovering an Increasing Number of Negative Health Effects Resulting from Vitamin D Deficiency MCLEAN, Va., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the 2nd year, the UV Foundation is promoting awareness of Vitamin D deficiency and its negative health effects by dubbing February "Vitamin D Deficiency Month." Vitamin D deficiency is becoming a serious problem, especially in states above the 37th parallel because it is impossible to manufacture Vitamin D during the winter...

2009-02-03 09:06:20

Vitamin D is significantly associated with muscle power and force in adolescent girls, according to a new study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).Although vitamin D is naturally produced in the body through exposure to direct sunlight, vitamin D deficiency has become widely common in the United States. Vitamin D deficiency has been shown to have a significant negative impact on muscle and bone health, and can lead to...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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