- 2014/01/20: Eureka: Vitamin D status associated with multiple sclerosis activity, progression
- 2014/01/20: Eureka: Boosting vitamin D could slow progression, reduce severity of multiple sclerosis
- 2013/12/10: Xinhuanet: Vitamin D may help fight multiple sclerosis: study
- 2013/08/15: Eureka: New study shows vitamin D-related 'molecular switches' predict childhood bone mass
Researchers at the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, have demonstrated that the degree to which a gene related to vitamin D action is switched on or off, when measured at birth, predicts bone density of the child at four years of age.
- 2013/08/13: Eureka: Who benefits from vitamin D?
- 2013/07/09: Eureka: Link between low vitamin D blood levels and heart disease varies by race
Low vitamin D blood levels are associated with greater risk of heart disease in whites and Chinese, but not in blacks and Hispanics
- 2013/05/19: BBC: Sunshine vitamin 'may treat asthma'
The amount of time asthma patients spend soaking up the sun may have an impact on the illness, researchers have suggested.
A team at King's College London said low levels of vitamin D, which is made by the body in sunlight, was linked to a worsening of symptoms.
- 2013/04/30: TES: Researchers Pinpoint Upper Safe Limit of Vitamin D Blood Levels
- 2013/04/05: Eureka: Vitamin D proven to boost energy -- from within the cells
- 2013/01/24: Eureka: Low vitamin D levels linked to high risk of premenopausal breast cancer
- 2012/12/16: Guardian(UK): So rickets is back. Blame poverty, not a lack of sun
The shocking figures for vitamin D deficiency can only be blamed on rising poverty and its evil twin, malnourishment
- 2012/11/27: Eureka: New review associates vitamin D with lower rates of tooth decay
- 2012/11/15: Eureka: Vitamin D deficiency linked to Type 1 diabetes
- 2012/11/13: WUStL: Vitamin D prevents clogged arteries in diabetics
- 2012/07/12: DerSpiegel: Majority of Germans Lack Sufficient Vitamin D
- 2012/06/10: NatureNB: Vitamin D fails diabetes test
Vitamin D enthusiasts may be disappointed by the results of a clinical trial reported today at the American Diabetes Association meeting in Philadelphia. Huge supplemental doses of vitamin D did to not curb type 2 diabetes in people at high risk of the disease.
- 2012/05/29: UCopenhagen: Too much vitamin D can be as unhealthy as too little
- 2012/05/18: Eureka: Experts call for clinical trials to test non-skeletal benefits of vitamin D
Observational studies show vitamin D may benefit cardiovascular, skin and metabolic disorders
- 2012/05/01: Eureka: Researchers determine vitamin D blood level for reducing major medical risks in older adults
- 2012/04/30: Eureka: Vitamin D supplements may protect against viral infections during the winter
New research published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology suggests that the older population could benefit from vitamin D supplementation in autumn and winter to protect against viral infections
- 2012/03/06: FuturePundit: How Vitamin D Boosts Amyloid Beta Removal From Brain
- 2012/03/06: Eureka: Vitamin D deficiency linked to higher mortality in female nursing home residents
New study underscores need for effective strategy for preventing and treating vitamin D deficiency
- 2012/01/10: Eureka: 70 percent of Europeans suffer from low vitamin D levels
- 2011/11/25: WoL:AoN: (ab$) Rare variants in the CYP27B1 gene associated with multiple sclerosis by Sreeram V Ramagopalan et al.
- 2011/12/09: BBC: Rare gene links vitamin D and multiple sclerosis
A rare genetic variant which causes reduced levels of vitamin D appears to be directly linked to multiple sclerosis, says an Oxford University study.
- 2011/12/05: Eureka: Low vitamin D levels may contribute to development of Type 2 diabetes
Study finds low vitamin D levels associated with higher degrees of insulin resistance
- 2011/11/16: Eureka: New study links excessive amounts of vitamin D to onset of atrial fibrillation
- 2011/11/14: Eureka: Low vitamin D levels may be associated with recurrent inflammatory spinal cord disease
- 2011/11/03: Eureka: Low vitamin D common in spine surgery patients
- 2011/11/01: MUNews: Obese Adolescents Benefit from High-Dose Vitamin D Supplements -- High doses safely combat nutritional deficiencies, MU researchers find
- 2011/10/31: Brown: Vitamin D study suggests no mortality benefit for older women
- 2011/10/26: CBC: High dose vitamin D has no impact on MS
- 2011/08/16: Eureka: Confirmation that vitamin D acts as a protective agent against the advance of colon cancer
- 2011/07/06: NatureN: Nutrition advice: The vitamin D-lemma
A vociferous debate about vitamin-D supplementation reveals the difficulty of distilling strong advice from weak evidence.
- 2011/05/27: UCSF: Low Vitamin D Levels Seen as Multiple Sclerosis Risk for African Americans, UCSF Study Finds
- 2011/05/25: UCopenhagen: Vitamin D increases speed of sperm cells
- 2011/05/10: Eureka: Vitamin D deficiency in pneumonia patients associated with increased mortality
- 2011/05/09: CBC: Infant RSV linked to vitamin D deficiency: study
- 2011/05/01: Eureka: Low vitamin D in kids may play a role in anemia
- 2011/04/26: URMC: Vitamin D May Help Explain Racial Differences in Blood Pressure
- 2011/04/12: CBC: Vitamin D good for women's eyesight
Vitamin D appears to protect women under the age of 75 from developing age-related macular degeneration, according to a U.S. study of more than 1,300 women.
- 2011/04/05: FuturePundit: Rising Vitamin D Correlated With Lower Blood Pressure
- 2011/03/14: Eureka: Vitamin D insufficiency high among patients with early Parkinson disease
- 2011/03/01: Eureka: Study links vitamin D to lung cancer survival -- U-M researchers find high levels of enzyme that blocks vitamin D can predict lung cancer survival
- 2011/02/24: Eureka: Low vitamin D levels linked to allergies in kids
- 2011/02/23: Eureka: High vitamin-D bread could help solve widespread insufficiency problem
- 2011/02/22: Eureka: Higher vitamin D intake needed to reduce cancer risk
- 2011/02/07: Eureka: Sun exposure, vitamin D may lower risk of multiple sclerosis
- 2011/01/28: Eureka: Vitamin D deficiency alters lung growth and decreases lung function
- 2011/01/06: SciDaily: Vitamin D Accelerates Recovery from Tuberculosis
- 2011/01/04: Eureka: Study shows vitamin D deficiencies may impact onset of autoimmune lung disease
- 2010/12/07: GreenGrok: Update: Our Rickety Understanding of Vitamin D
- 2010/12/03: CBC: Northerners lack vitamin D intake: official
- 2010/12/01: KSJT: Nature, Businessweek, others: Confusion over Vitamin D recommendations
- 2010/11/30: NatureTGB: Vitamin D: A dosing down?
- 2010/11/30: SciNews: Vitamin D targets increased -- But some scientists say new recommendations are still way too low
- 2010/11/30: CBC: Vitamin D levels OK for most: report
- 2010/11/22: PhysOrg: Research reveals UK's north-south divide in vitamin D deprivation -- Women in the north of the UK are more deprived of vitamin D from sunlight than their southern counterparts
- 2010/11/15: SciDaily: Vitamin D Deficit Doubles Risk of Stroke in Whites, but Not in Blacks, Study Finds
- 2010/10/22: PhysOrg: Lack of vitamin D: More evidence connected to breast, colon cancer
- 2010/10/18: Eureka: Vitamin D deficiency puts IBD patients at greater risk of osteoporosis -- Vital that those caring for IBD patients evaluate for vitamin D nutritional deficiency
- 2010/10/18: Eureka: Vitamin D deficiency linked to lung transplant rejection -- Loyola researchers evaluate impact of supplement on lung transplant outcomes
- 2010/09/21: Eureka: Vitamin D protects against obesity-induced endometrial cancer, GUMC researchers say
- 2010/08/31: SciDaily: Vitamin D Is a Prognostic Marker in Heart Failure, Study Finds
- 2010/08/24: SciDaily: Vitamin D Found to Influence Over 200 Genes, Highlighting Links to Disease
- 2010/08/17: PNAS: UV radiation, vitamin D, and multiple sclerosis by Lahiru Handunnetthi & Sreeram V. Ramagopalan
- 2010/08/16: PhysOrg: Research concludes vitamin D may treat or prevent allergy to common mold
- 2010/07/29: Eureka: Vitamin D deficiency linked to arterial stiffness in black teens -- Majority of study participants living in sunny Georgia classified as vitamin D deficient
- 2010/07/12: SciDaily: Low Vitamin D Levels Associated With Cognitive Decline
- 2010/07/12: BBC: Having low vitamin D levels may increase a person's risk of developing Parkinson's disease later in life, say Finnish researchers
- 2010/07/12: Eureka: New vitamin D guidelines from Osteoporosis Canada
- 2010/07/12: CBC: Vitamin D guidelines raised by bone health group
- 2010/07/07: URMC: Amid the Murk of ‘Gut Flora,’ Vitamin D Receptor Emerges as a Key Player
- 2010/07/01: Eureka: Low vitamin D linked to the metabolic syndrome in elderly people
- 2010/06/25: Eureka: Vitamin D and mental agility in elders
- 2010/06/18: Eureka: Vitamin D deficiency confirmed as common across a range of rheumatic conditions -- Recommended supplementation is not sufficient to normalise vitamin D levels in RA and osteoporosis patients
- 2010/06/10: PhysOrg: Genome-wide study identifies factors that may affect vitamin D levels
- 2010/05/10: IOF: New Vitamin D recommendations for older men and women
- 2010/05/03: CBC: High-dose vitamin D in pregnancy safe: study
- 2010/04/28: PhysOrg: Low Vitamin D Levels Are Related to MS Brain Atrophy, Cognitive Function, Studies Show
- 2010/04/20: UB: Vitamin D Status Not Predicted By Surrogate Markers, UB Researchers Find
- 2010/04/15: Eureka: Low vitamin D levels associated with more asthma symptoms and medication use
- 2010/03/23: CBC: Vitamin D deficiency in 1.1 million Canadians
- 2010/03/22: PhysOrg: Study explores link between sunlight, multiple sclerosis
For more than 30 years, scientists have known that multiple sclerosis (MS) is much more common in higher latitudes than in the tropics. Because sunlight is more abundant near the equator, many researchers have wondered if the high levels of vitamin D engendered by sunlight could explain this unusual pattern of prevalence.
- 2010/03/17: CNMC: Low levels of vitamin D linked to higher rates of asthma in African American Kids
- 2010/03/15: Eureka: Vitamin D levels have different effects on atherosclerosis in blacks and whites
- 2010/03/12: Eureka: Vitamin D and calcium interplay explored
- 2010/03/08: SciDaily: Vitamin D Lifts Mood During Cold Weather Months, Researchers Say
- 2010/03/07: Eureka: Vitamin D crucial to activating immune defenses
- 2010/03/08: CanWest: Vitamin D essential to immune response, study finds
Vitamin D is vital in activating human defences and low levels suffered by around half the world's population may mean their immune systems' killer T cells are poor at fighting infection, scientists said on Sunday.
The findings by Danish researchers could help the fight against infectious diseases and global epidemics, they said, and could be particularly useful in the search for new vaccines.
The researchers found that immune systems' killer cells, known as T cells, rely on vitamin D to become active. The cells remain dormant and unaware of the possibility of threat from an infection or pathogen if vitamin D is lacking in the blood.
- 2010/03/04: MUHC: Low levels of Vitamin D linked to muscle fat, decreased strength in young people
- 2010/03/04: PhysOrg: Study shows link between vitamin D, skin cancer
- 2010/03/03: Loyola: Vitamin D lifts mood during cold weather months
- 2010/02/15: PhysOrg: High levels of vitamin D in older people can reduce heart disease and diabetes
- 2010/01/27: Eureka: Vitamin D supplements could fight Crohn's disease
- 2010/01/22: SciDaily: High Vitamin D Levels Linked to Lower Risk of Colon Cancer
- 2010/01/20: UCSF: Low Vitamin D levels are associated with greater risk of relapse in childhood-onset Multiple Sclerosis
- 2010/01/20: PhysOrg: Vitamin D supplementation can reduce falls in nursing care facilities
- 2010/01/14: PhysOrg: New research confirms benefits of calcium and vitamin D in preventing fractures
- 2010/01/05: URMC: URMC Study Links Vitamin D, Race, and Cardiac Deaths
- 2010/01/05: CBC: Demand soars for vitamin D
Some consumers and doctors are becoming convinced vitamin D can help reduce the risk of a long list of diseases, despite a lack of gold-standard research proving it.
A growing body of research suggests that supplements of the so-called sunshine vitamin may reduce the risk of multiple sclerosis, diabetes and breast and prostate cancers.
But much of the research comes from observational studies rather than placebo-controlled trials -- the highest standard in health research. Such rigorous trials to prove vitamin D's preventive benefits are expensive, and since vitamins can't be patented, pharmaceutical companies have no financial incentive to do the research.
But there is a lot of circumstantial evidence. Many of the diseases on the list are more common farther north, so vitamin D seems the most logical explanation, said Reinhold Vieth, a nutritional science professor at the University of Toronto and an international authority on the vitamin.
- 2009/12/05: Eureka: Mayo Clinic and collaborators find vitamin D levels associated with survival in lymphoma patients
- 2009/11/25: PhysOrg: Physicians Explore Link Between Vitamin D Deficiency and Hypertension
- 2009/11/23: PhysOrg: Multiple health concerns surface as winter, vitamin D deficiences arrive
A string of recent discoveries about the multiple health benefits of vitamin D has renewed interest in this multi-purpose nutrient, increased awareness of the huge numbers of people who are deficient in it, spurred research and even led to an appreciation of it as "nature's antibiotic."
- 2009/11/16: FuturePundit: Low Vitamin D Boosts Heart Death Risks?
- 2009/11/16: Eureka: New study links vitamin D deficiency to cardiovascular disease and death -- Study finds inadequate levels of Vitamin D may significantly increase risk of stroke, heart disease and death
- 2009/11/14: NBF: Vitamin D and calcium supplementation reduces cancer risk
- 2009/11/09: SciDaily: Low Vitamin D Levels Explains Most End-stage Renal Disease Risk In African-Americans
- 2009/10/26: CBC: 20% of U.S. kids lack vitamin D
- 2009/10/09: PhysOrg: Women with breast cancer have low vitamin D levels
- 2009/10/03: SciDaily: Over 65s Should Take High Dose Vitamin D To Prevent Falls, Say Researchers
- 2009/09/24: CBC: Low vitamin D linked to high blood pressure
- 2009/09/24: PhysOrg: Vitamin D deficiency in younger women increases risk of high blood pressure
- 2009/09/21: Eureka: Insufficient levels of vitamin D puts elderly at increased risk of dying from heart disease
- 2009/08/26: SciNews: Vitamin D may be heart protective -- A deficiency of the sunshine vitamin may worsen plaque accumulation in vessels of diabetes patients
- 2009/08/21: WUSTL: Research shows why low vitamin D raises heart disease risks in diabetics
- 2009/08/03: Eureka: Millions of US children low in vitamin D -- Study shows increased risk of bone and heart disease
- 2009/07/15: Eureka: Vitamin D, curcumin may help clear amyloid plaques found in Alzheimer's disease
- 2009/07/07: SciDaily: Understanding The Anticancer Effects Of Vitamin D3
- 2009/06/30: IOF: Vitamin D deficiency is widespread and on the increase
- 2009/05/29: FuturePundit: Evidence For Vitamin D As Alzheimer's Risk Reducer
- 2009/05/26: SciDaily: New Model Of Cancer Development: Low Vitamin D Levels May Have Role
- 2009/05/26: Eureka: Is vitamin D deficiency linked to Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia?
- 2009/05/20: FuturePundit: Vitamin D Improves Brain Function In Old Folks?
- 2009/05/22: SciDaily: Fish Really Is 'Brain Food': Vitamin D May Lessen Age-related Cognitive Decline
- 2009/05/22: Eureka: Low levels of vitamin D linked to common vaginal infection in pregnant women
- 2009/05/22: Eureka: New model suggests role of low vitamin D in cancer development
- 2009/05/20: Eureka: Vitamin D may halt lung function decline in asthma and COPD
- 2009/05/14: Eureka: Vitamin D insufficiency linked to bacterial vaginosis in pregnant women
- 2009/04/27: BBC: Vitamin D is an effective treatment for prostate cancer in some patients, a UK study suggests.
- 2009/04/16: SciDaily: Low Levels Of Vitamin D In Patients With Autoimmune Disease May Be Result, Not Cause, Of The Disease
- 2009/04/14: SciDaily: Vitamin D Deficiency Related To Increased Inflammation In Healthy Women
- 2009/04/06: PhysOrg: Vitamin D Deficiency Related to Increased Inflammation in Healthy Women
- 2009/03/23: PhysOrg: Vitamin D supplements associated with reduced fracture risk in older adults
- 2009/03/17: Warwick: Vitamin D may not be the answer to feeling SAD
A lack of Vitamin D, due to reduced sunlight, has been linked to depression and the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), but research by the University of Warwick shows there is no clear link between the levels of vitamin D in the blood and depression.
- 2009/03/11: Cornell: 1 in 7 U.S. Teens Is Vitamin D Deficient
- 2009/02/23: Eureka: Vitamin D deficiency may increase risk of colds, flu - Large-scale study supports potential role in boosting immune system, more research needed
- 2009/02/10: FuturePundit: Vitamin D For Babies Boosts Growth, Cuts MS
- 2009/02/10: SciDaily: Vitamin D Tied To Muscle Power In Adolescent Girls
- 2009/02/06: PLoSG: Expression of the Multiple Sclerosis-Associated MHC Class II Allele HLA-DRB1*1501 Is Regulated by Vitamin D by Sreeram V. Ramagopalan et al.
- 2009/02/05: SciDaily: Vitamin D Found To Stimulate A Protein That Inhibits The Growth Of Breast Cancer Cells
- 2009/02/05: BBC: Vitamin D helps control MS gene
The first evidence of how vitamin D deficiency and genetics interact to increase the risk of multiple sclerosis has been reported by researchers.
A UK and Canadian team found that vitamin D helps to control a gene known to increase MS risk, the PLoS Genetics journal reports.
- 2009/02/05: CBC: Vitamin D interacts with gene in MS: study
Vitamin D seems to help control a gene known to increase the risk of multiple sclerosis - a finding that suggests taking vitamin D supplements during pregnancy and early in life may help prevent the disease.
- 2009/02/04: Eureka: Vitamin D, a key milk nutrient, linked to better muscle power - New study reveals teen girls with higher vitamin D levels may have improved muscle performance
- 2009/02/03: Eureka: Vitamin D tied to muscle power in adolescent girls
- 2009/01/24: SciDaily: Low Levels Of Vitamin D Link To Cognitive Problems In Older People
- 2009/01/23: BBC: Vitamin D 'is mental health aid'
Vitamin D, found in fish and produced by sun exposure, can help stave off the mental decline that can affect people in old age, a study has suggested.
UK and US researchers looked at 2,000 people aged 65 and over.
They found that compared to those with the highest vitamin D levels, those with the lowest were more than twice as likely to have impaired understanding.
- 2009/01/22: Eureka: 'Sunshine vitamin' link to cognitive problems in older people - Vitamin D linked to cognitive impairment
- 2009/01/12: Eureka: Vitamin D is the 'it' nutrient of the moment - Loyola researchers report on benefit of vitamin D in diabetes and other chronic diseases
- 2008/12/16: Eureka: Vitamin D deficiency in infants and nursing mothers carries long-term disease risks
- 2008/12/15: PhysOrg: Nearly three-quarters of youths with [Type-1] diabetes insufficient in vitamin D
- 2008/12/10: SciDaily: Vitamin D Found To Fight Placental Infection
- 2008/12/10: Eureka: Lack of vitamin D causes weight gain and stunts growth in girls
- 2008/12/01: PhysOrg: Lack of vitamin D could spell heart trouble
- 2008/11/17: Eureka: Study helps clarify role of vitamin D in cancer therapy
- 2008/10/13: KSJT: Much ink: Pediatricians recommend doubling the dose of D
- 2008/10/13: SciDaily: Vitamin D A Key Player In Overall Health Of Several Body Organs, Says Biochemist
- 2008/10/13: SciDaily: Vitamin D Deficiency Common In Patients With IBD, Chronic Liver Disease
- 2008/10/13: Eureka: Vitamin D deficiency may be more common in Parkinson's disease patients
- 2008/10/13: CBC: Double kids' vitamin D intake, pediatricians recommend
- CBC: Vitamin D - Ways to get your dose in winter
- 2008/10/09: Eureka: Vitamin D a key player in overall health of several body organs, says UC Riverside biochemist
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