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Rickets is a condition that causes children to have soft, weak bones. It usually occurs when children do not get enough vitamin D, which helps growing bones absorb important nutrients. Vitamin D comes from sunlight and food. Skin produces vitamin D in response to the sun's rays. Some foods also contain vitamin D, including fortified dairy products and cereals, and some kinds of fish.
Giving breastfeeding mothers monthly high-dose vitamin D supplements could benefit infants

Giving breastfeeding mothers monthly high-dose vitamin D supplements could benefit infants

New research from New Zealand's University of Otago has found that giving breastfeeding mothers monthly high-dose vitamin D supplements may be a possible way to improve their babies' vitamin D status. [More]
PolyU researchers discover inadequate intakes of micronutrients among Hong Kong lactating women

PolyU researchers discover inadequate intakes of micronutrients among Hong Kong lactating women

While breastfeeding has become more common across the globe in recent years, lactating women may not be aware of the nutrient adequacy of their breast milk and how their daily diet affects their nutrition intakes. [More]
New SACN guidelines recommend daily 10 micrograms intake of Vitamin D

New SACN guidelines recommend daily 10 micrograms intake of Vitamin D

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) has published a report advising that anybody aged over one year should have a vitamin D intake of 10 micrograms a day throughout the year. [More]
Anthropologists find new record of vitamin D deficiency in people who lived hundreds of years ago

Anthropologists find new record of vitamin D deficiency in people who lived hundreds of years ago

Researchers at McMaster University have found a rich new record of vitamin D deficiency, one that resides in the teeth of every person and remains viable for hundreds of years or more. [More]
BetterYou’s DLux oral vitamin D spray can help effectively manage vitamin D levels

BetterYou’s DLux oral vitamin D spray can help effectively manage vitamin D levels

The UK launch of social phenomenon Pokémon Go has been met with praise by health pioneers BetterYou, who are pleased to see that the smart phone app is encouraging players to venture outdoors from their otherwise sedentary lifestyles and enhancing their chances of boosting their vitamin D levels. [More]
Elderly women should take more vitamin D supplementation during the wintertime, suggests researchers

Elderly women should take more vitamin D supplementation during the wintertime, suggests researchers

Osteoporosis is one of the chief reasons why the elderly often suffer broken bones from relatively minor injuries. Postmenopausal women in particular experience a relatively rapid loss in bone mass due to a reduced concentration of oestrogen, which is responsible for strong bone growth during youth. Maintaining bone mass requires physical exercise and vitamin D, which is mainly produced in the skin with the help of UVB radiation. This is why, especially in the wintertime, many elderly women are prescribed a vitamin D supplement by their doctor to maintain bone mass. [More]
Strensiq approved for treatment of patients with juvenile-onset HPP

Strensiq approved for treatment of patients with juvenile-onset HPP

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Strensiq (asfotase alfa) as the first approved treatment for perinatal, infantile and juvenile-onset hypophosphatasia (HPP). [More]
New book suggests ways to reduce medical reversals

New book suggests ways to reduce medical reversals

Medical reversal—when accepted medical interventions are abandoned because they are found to be ineffective—is the "most important problem in medicine today," according to the authors of a new book: Ending Medical Reversal. [More]
Earliest known case of rickets in the UK identified in Neolithic Tiree skeleton

Earliest known case of rickets in the UK identified in Neolithic Tiree skeleton

Rickets has been identified in a Neolithic skeleton from the Scottish island of Tiree, making it the earliest case of the disease in the UK, according to research announced at the British Science Festival in Bradford. [More]
Following restrictive sun exposure advice may be harmful to health

Following restrictive sun exposure advice may be harmful to health

Following restrictive sun exposure advice in countries with low solar intensity like Canada might in fact be harmful to your health, says the co-author of a new study on sunlight and vitamin D. [More]
Study looks at effects of three levels of vitamin D supplementation in overweight, obese blacks

Study looks at effects of three levels of vitamin D supplementation in overweight, obese blacks

The current recommended minimum daily dose of vitamin D is not sufficient to restore healthy vitamin D levels in overweight or obese blacks, researchers report. [More]
Women with 'female athlete triad' at greater risk of bone stress injuries

Women with 'female athlete triad' at greater risk of bone stress injuries

Participation in sports by women and girls has increased from 310,000 individuals in 1971 to 3.37 million in 2010. At the same time, sports-related injuries among female athletes have skyrocketed. [More]
UK dermatologist explains the facts on vitamin D and sun exposure

UK dermatologist explains the facts on vitamin D and sun exposure

Sometimes it can be hard to weigh up the benefits of vitamin D versus sun exposure. We talk to Dr Anjali Mahto, Consultant Dermatologist & British Skin Foundation Spokesperson who explains. [More]
Winter weather may cause vitamin D deficiency

Winter weather may cause vitamin D deficiency

Residents of snowy, northern U.S. cities are at risk of vitamin D deficiency and worse, may not even know it. [More]
Researchers find link between vitamin D deficiency and seasonal affective disorder

Researchers find link between vitamin D deficiency and seasonal affective disorder

Vitamin D deficiency is not just harmful to physical health--it also might impact mental health, according to a team of researchers that has found a link between seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, and a lack of sunlight. [More]
Hypocalcaemic seizure surveillance highlights UK public health policy failings

Hypocalcaemic seizure surveillance highlights UK public health policy failings

The occurrence of 91 confirmed or probable hypocalcaemic seizures in children with vitamin D deficiency over a 2-year period in the UK highlights a failure to promote appropriate supplementation. [More]
Cultural, historical forces contribute to rise in cases of melanoma

Cultural, historical forces contribute to rise in cases of melanoma

A century's worth of cultural and historical forces have contributed to the rise in the incidence of melanoma, including changes in fashion and clothing design, according to an intriguing, retrospective research study conducted by investigators in the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center. [More]
Recommendations for nutritional rickets announced

Recommendations for nutritional rickets announced

New consensus recommendations for the management of nutritional rickets include universal vitamin D supplementation during the first year of life. [More]
Chemclin's Vitamin D assay helps in quantitative determination of 25-OH Vitamin D in human serum

Chemclin's Vitamin D assay helps in quantitative determination of 25-OH Vitamin D in human serum

Chemclin's new Vitamin D assay provides components for in-vitro quantitative determination of 25-Hydroxy Vitamin D (25-OH Vitamin D) in human serum by a competitive chemiluminescent assay method. [More]
Studies stress the importance of vitamin D intake during first year of life

Studies stress the importance of vitamin D intake during first year of life

Everyone seems to agree that vitamin D is important throughout life. This is certainly as true in the first year of life as it is later on. [More]
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