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'Alarmingly high' vitamin D deficiency in the United Kingdom

Over 50 per cent of Asians living in the UK are severely deficient in vitamin D, leaving them more vulnerable to respiratory infections such as COVID-19 and musculoskeletal disorders, according to a large-scale population study published this week. ...

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Carrots are healthy, but active enzyme unlocks full benefits

Carrots are a good source of beta-carotene, which is a precursor of vitamin A. But to get the full health benefits of this superfood, you need an active enzyme to produce this vitamin. ...

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Household-grown food leads to improved health for children

Children grow taller in rural households where their mothers are supported to grow their own food - according to new research. The research, which looked at households in low- and middle-income countries, showed growing their own food helped mothers to prevent stunting, wasting and underweight in their children. Their childrens food was more varied, meaning they had access to different classes of food nutrients. ...

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Differences in immunity and blood vessels likely protect children from severe COVID-19

Differences in the immune systems and better blood vessel health were among the factors protecting children from severe COVID-19, according to a new review. ...

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Vitamin D regulates calcium in intestine differently than previously thought

A new study has discovered that vitamin D regulates calcium in a section of the intestine that previously was thought not to have played a key role. The findings have important implications on how bowel disease, including ulcerative colitis and Crohns disease, may disrupt calcium regulation. ...

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Connection between gut bacteria and vitamin D levels

Researchers discovered that the makeup of a persons gut microbiome is linked to their levels of active vitamin D, and revealed a new understanding of vitamin D and how its typically measured. ...

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Measles outbreaks likely in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

Major measles outbreaks will likely occur during 2021 as an unexpected consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new academic article. ...

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