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Excessive vitamin D correlated with higher blood levels of the inflammatory marker C-reactive protein

The inverse association between serum vitamin D level and the serum level of the inflammatory marker C-reactive protein (CRP) is apparent only at low levels of vitamin D. At levels of serum vitamin D above the median, serum CRP actually increases, a recent study found. CRP, which measures general levels… 

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Study draws attention to potential gender disparities in cardiovascular care in India

Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality among women in many parts of India, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Andhra Pradesh Rural Health Initiative. Now in a paper published recently in the journal Heart, members of the George Institute for Global… 

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Zinc reduces mortality in severe childhood pneumonia

Zinc gluconate supplementation in children between the ages of 6 months and 59 months with severe pneumonia significantly reduced case fatality rates, but was not associated with faster normalization of children’s respiratory rate, body temperature, or oxygen saturation. According to UNICEF and the Public Health Foundation of India, childhood pneumonia… 

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Vitamin D, but not calcium, associated with fewer stress fractures in girls

Vitamin D is associated with a lower risk of developing stress fractures, especially among very active girls who engage in at least 1 hour of high-impact activity per day. Vitamin D deficiency is common in all ages in India, according to recent studies. Marwaha and Sripathy noted a high prevalence… 

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High fiber diet does not protect against asymptomatic diverticulosis

Going against a longstanding belief, a high-fiber diet does not protect against asymptomatic diverticulosis. To the contrary, the prevalence of the disease actually appears to be greater in those on a high-fiber diet, according to a recently published study. Key Point: This study does not support recommending a high-fiber diet… 

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Arsenic may contaminate rice and drinking water, exposing pregnant women and their fetuses to health risks

Your patients may unknowingly develop arsenic exposure due to contaminated water and rice. A recent article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences describes how arsenic toxicity was identified in contaminated food and water, and how it can potentially lead to toxicity in at-risk patients. Fetal arsenic… 

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