Transcriptome differences in prostate cancer highlight racial disparities, vitamin D

Inflammation may contribute to racial disparities in disease progression and vitamin D3 supplementation can modulate pro-inflammatory transcripts.

Vitamin D levels predict risk of brain decline in Chinese elderly

Low vitamin D levels has been associated with increased subsequent risk of cognitive decline and impairment in the Chinese elderly, a new study from Duke-NUS Medical School shows.

Strong Association Between Vitamin D Deficiency and Diabetic Retinopathy Indicated

A trio of authors today reported their analysis of observational studies revealed a significant association between vitamin D deficiency (VDD) and diabetic retinopathy (DR), one of the leading causes of blindness throughout the world.

Holidays in the Sun May Be Key to Tackling Vitamin D Deficiencies, Scottish Study Shows

Holidays abroad may hold the key to tackling Scotland’s vitamin D deficiency, a University of Edinburgh study suggests. The study, “Farming, Foreign Holidays, and Vitamin D in Orkney,” was published in the journal PloS One.

High Blood Levels Of Vitamin D Help Protect Women Over 50 From Cancer: Study

Over the next two decades, researchers predict new cases of cancer will increase to 22 million annually throughout the globe. Meanwhile, in the United States alone, scientists estimate more than 1.68 million new diagnoses and nearly 600,000 deaths will occur in 2016. What can slow this malignant spread? A new UC San Diego School of Medicine study focusing exclusively on women suggests the sunshine vitamin could apply the brakes.

Dr. Ellen Mowry, in Interview, Talks of Clinical Studies into Vitamin D and MS

With an interest multiple sclerosis (MS) before even starting college, Dr. Ellen Mowry has spent her entire research career investigating the disease. Her epidemiological studies led her to indications that vitamin D might be particularly important for people with MS, and she now dedicates her research to the topic — knowledge she will share at the upcoming Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) 2016 Annual Meeting, a gathering of MS researchers and clinicians worldwide.

Dr. Magryta: Rethink the sun: Vitamin D deficiency is serious

We all love sunny days and the effect the sun has on our psyche and feelings of wellness. For centuries humans have lived by the sun whether by regulating our sleep cycle or producing our natural foods. Yet, recently we have shunned the sun’s direct effects on our bodies by avoiding it and overusing sun-blocking agents and lotions. Skin cancer during the ’60s and ’70s ushered in a period of phobia. True to our nature, we chose the extremist way of dealing with the problem, total avoidance.

Study provides evidence to support vitamin D’s role in treating high blood pressure

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, can lead to heart disease and stroke. Approximately two thirds of American adults are affected by hypertension or prehypertension. In 2013, 360,000 American deaths included hypertension as a primary or contributing cause.

Kids Benefit from Playing Outside

Spring and summer brings blue skies, warmer air, and the sound of children playing outdoors. With this welcomed change of season we are all reminded that there are quite a few real benefits to being and playing outdoors.

Vitamin D and Risk of Neuroimaging Abnormalities.

Vitamin D deficiency has been linked with an increased risk of incident all-cause dementia and Alzheimer's disease. The aim of the current study was to explore the potential mechanisms underlying these associations by determining whether low vitamin D concentrations are associated with the development of incident cerebrovascular and neurodegenerative neuroimaging abnormalities.

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