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Vitamin D is a nutrient that the body needs in small amounts to function and stay healthy. Vitamin D helps the body use calcium and phosphorus to make strong bones and teeth. It is fat-soluble (can dissolve in fats and oils) and is found in fatty fish, egg yolks, and dairy products. Skin exposed to sunshine can also make vitamin D. Not enough vitamin D can cause a bone disease called rickets. It is being studied in the prevention and treatment of some types of cancer. Also called cholecalciferol.
WHI study shows no significant link between vitamin D levels and menopause symptoms

WHI study shows no significant link between vitamin D levels and menopause symptoms

A new study from the Women's Health Initiative shows no significant connection between vitamin D levels and menopause symptoms. The study was published online today in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society. [More]

Researchers examine relationship between vitamin D deficiency and cognitive impairment

Vitamin D deficiency and cognitive impairment are common in older adults, but there isn't a lot of conclusive research into whether there's a relationship between the two. [More]

UK study finds link between low vitamin D status and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in British children

A UK study investigating the link between low vitamin D status and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in British children has identified a genetic variant associated with the disease's severity. [More]

Meta-analysis shows calcium supplementation does not raise coronary heart disease in elderly women

The results of a study presented today at the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases do not support the hypothesis that calcium supplementation, with or without vitamin D, increases coronary heart disease or all-cause mortality risk in elderly women. [More]

Vitamin D insufficiency contributes to increased 10-year fracture risk in elderly women

A study presented today at the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases shows that long-term low levels of vitamin D intake are associated with higher 10-year fracture risk in elderly women. [More]
Many women and children in Vietnam have vitamin D and calcium deficiency

Many women and children in Vietnam have vitamin D and calcium deficiency

Many women and children in Vietnam have a vitamin D or calcium insufficiency or deficiency. Unknown until know, this is a public health issue whose magnitude has just been discovered by researchers at the IRD and the National Nutrition Institute of Hanoi. [More]

AB Sciex launches immunosuppressants kit to improve health care

Every organ transplant patient in the world faces the potential danger of his/her body rejecting a new organ, such as a heart, kidney or liver. Immunosuppressant drugs are required to help prevent rejection. [More]
New research suggests why vitamin D deficiency screening tests have gained more importance

New research suggests why vitamin D deficiency screening tests have gained more importance

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. [More]

Lower levels of vitamin D predict extent of coronary artery disease

Vitamin D deficiency is an independent risk factor for heart disease with lower levels of vitamin D being associated with a higher presence and severity of coronary artery disease, according to research to be presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session. [More]
Some people experience worse cholesterol levels during colder months

Some people experience worse cholesterol levels during colder months

Cholesterol levels fluctuate based on the time of year with more unfavorable lipid profiles seen in the colder months, a trend that may be driven by related behavior changes, according to research to be presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session. [More]
Loyola study finds fewer children at risk of inadequate or deficient vitamin D levels

Loyola study finds fewer children at risk of inadequate or deficient vitamin D levels

Under new guidelines from the Institute of Medicine, the estimated number of children who are at risk for having insufficient or deficient levels of vitamin D is drastically reduced from previous estimates, according to a Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine study. [More]

AMRI signs definitive agreement to acquire all outstanding shares of Cedarburg Pharmaceuticals

AMRI today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire all the outstanding shares of Cedarburg Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for $38.2 million in cash. [More]
Researchers examine effect of vitamin D supplementation on depression

Researchers examine effect of vitamin D supplementation on depression

Vitamin D deficiency has been implicated in numerous health conditions in recent years, including depressed mood and major depressive disorder. [More]
Researchers provide new blood test for early detection of stomach cancer

Researchers provide new blood test for early detection of stomach cancer

University of Adelaide research has provided new hope for the early detection of stomach cancer with the identification of four new biomarkers in the blood of human cancer patients. [More]

Vitamin D receptor gene variant protects against male LUTS

An international research effort aimed at identifying the genetic basis of lower urinary tract symptoms has identified five candidate genes, one of which – encoding the vitamin D receptor – is consistently protective against these symptoms in men. [More]

Racial differences in health outcomes between blacks and whites associated with synthesize of Vitamin D

​A new study investigating racial disparities in birth outcomes shows that contrary to some theories Vitamin D is unlikely to play a role in differences in preterm birth and low birth weight between African-Americans and whites. [More]
Vitamin D boosts survival of breast cancer patients

Vitamin D boosts survival of breast cancer patients

Breast cancer patients with high levels of vitamin D in their blood are twice as likely to survive the disease as women with low levels of this nutrient, report University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers in the March issue of Anticancer Research. [More]
Calcium and vitamin D supplements can improve cholesterol profiles in postmenopausal women

Calcium and vitamin D supplements can improve cholesterol profiles in postmenopausal women

Calcium and vitamin D supplements after menopause can improve women's cholesterol profiles. And much of that effect is tied to raising vitamin D levels, finds a new study from the Women's Health Initiative just published online in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society. [More]
OPKO Health consolidated revenues increase about 30% to $20.7 million in Q4 2013

OPKO Health consolidated revenues increase about 30% to $20.7 million in Q4 2013

OPKO Health, Inc., a multi-national biopharmaceutical and diagnostics company, today reported operating and financial results for its 2013 fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2013. [More]

Researchers examine whether vitamin D deficiency occurs during early stage of type 1 diabetes

Low levels of vitamin D are commonly found in people with type 1 diabetes. But even children who have multiple positive islet autoantibodies without manifest type 1 diabetes have lower levels of vitamin D in their blood. [More]