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Low levels of vitamin D in the blood stream have been linked to a variety of chronic health problems including arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, infection, kidney disease, osteoporosis, stroke and cancer. Now add dementia to that list. A study in... (Read More)
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People with asthma may also be at greater risk for bone loss, called osteoporosis. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University examined data of more than 7,000 asthmatic individuals in South Korea and found that those with hyper-responsive airways ("twitchy lungs") had... (Read More)
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Low levels of vitamin D are linked to a range of serious health conditions, including cancer, heart disease, arthritis, depression, diabetes, osteoporosis and falls among elderly people. Two new studies analyzed data from prior research involving over one million people.... (Read More)
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Eczema in children is common and often becomes more troublesome in the winter. Investigators in Boston conducted a pilot study to see whether vitamin D supplements would benefit children with persistent eczema. The youngsters were randomized to receive 1,000 IU... (Read More)
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Vitamin D may play a crucial role in immune functioning. A study of nearly 1000 senior citizens in Northern Ireland measured inflammatory markers such as C-reactive protein, Interleukins 6 and 10 and TNF-alpha. Those with 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels below 10... (Read More)
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For many years, doctors treated kids with recurrent ear infections by putting tubes in their ears. Parents were warned that failing to take action could put the child at risk of hearing loss and learning problems. A new meta-analysis from... (Read More)
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Despite increasing scientific scrutiny of the benefits of vitamin D, there is still mystery and confusion about this essential nutrient. Part of the complexity is due to the fact that vitamin D is not simply a nutrient. It functions as... (Read More)
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Overweight people who undergo gastric bypass surgery do much better with higher vitamin D levels. In a study at Massachusetts General Hospital, vitamin D levels were measured before surgery. Patients with the lowest levels, below 30 ng/ml, were three times... (Read More)
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A randomized, placebo-controlled trial of vitamin D supplements did not demonstrate that they can ward off the respiratory tract infections so common at this time of year. The 759 adult volunteers were divided into four groups that received either 1,000... (Read More)
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Q. You wrote in your column that vitamin D might help prevent a child's ear infections. Parents might give children vitamin D-fortified milk thinking this would help, but it might make things worse. Our grandson had recurrent ear infections. His... (Read More)
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Q. I read in your column a question from a mother whose child had recurrent ear infections. When my son was young, decades ago, he had lots of ear infections too. I finally took him to a specialist who said... (Read More)
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Vitamin D supplementation has received a lot of attention over the last few years because so many people appear to be low or deficient in this nutrient. Some experts worry, though, that vitamin D supplements might increase a person's risk... (Read More)
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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. There is no cure and treatment can be challenging. This condition is often associated with years or decades of cigarette smoking. A new study... (Read More)
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Q. My son is suffering his fourth ear infection this year. I am concerned and I am wondering if there is something I can do to keep him from getting these repeated infections. Would putting alcohol in his ears after... (Read More)
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Q. I have to get up three or four times a night to pee. My doctor tells me that it is a benign prostate problem, but there is nothing benign about it because I often have a hard time getting... (Read More)
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Vitamin D supplementation did not produce meaningful reductions in blood pressure. Scottish researchers recruited 159 hypertensive patients over the age of 70. They were randomly assigned to receive either vitamin D or placebo in oil every three months for a... (Read More)
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Q. One of your readers wrote about success using Listerine for acne. I had equal success using Listerine for my psoriasis. Large red areas on my legs itched severely. The doctor could offer no cures except to enter a clinical... (Read More)
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Numerous studies suggest that low vitamin D levels are linked to a higher risk of falls and broken bones in older people.  Perhaps that's because this hormone cum vitamin is critical for maintaining muscle mass and strength. Dutch researchers have... (Read More)
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