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Archive for February, 2020

Vitamin D and Supplementation

Posted on 27 February 2020 by in News

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Since the 1930s, public health officials in the United States and the United Kingdom have recommended routine fortification of foods like milk to prevent vitamin D deficiency and low vitamin D status, and this was trusted to be an effective public health strategy. However, there was an increased incidence of hypercalcaemia suspected to be due to massive intakes of vitamin D from various food fortifications. In some cases, hypercalcaemia was proposed to be associated with drinking vitamin D-fortified milk and milk powder, revealing a fortification of up to 232,565 IU instead of standard 400 IU/1.5 pints, and consequently, prohibition of milk fortification followed. Discussions related to further vitamin D food based fortification are ongoing in the UK, including whether or not to fortify wheat flour, as Birmingham University researchers have proposed the health benefit to the population and cost savings to the NHS would be substantial. Read the rest of this entry »

Coronavirus and you

Posted on 13 February 2020 by in News

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A novel coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, has been identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness that originated in Wuhan, China, and which has spread to several other countries around the world. It’s likely that by the time this is published that a far greater understanding of the mechanisms and risks associated with this virus will be better understood. Currently it represents a varied level of risk depending on your geography, exposure, age, health and immune competence. Read the rest of this entry »

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