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For Some, Vitamin D Pills Might Actually Do Damage

Too much vitamin D can cause kidney stones, nausea

(Newser) - With winter gloom soon to be upon us, more people may turn to vitamin D pills to stay strong. But they should think twice, according to the New England Journal of Medicine . Contrary to reports claiming up to 50% of people are vitamin D deficient, per Medical News Today , researchers... More »

Vitamin D Helps Damaged Hearts

Patients who took supplements showed marked improvement

(Newser) - A new study makes the case that patients suffering from heart failure should consider taking vitamin D supplements daily. UK researchers who followed the progress of about 160 such patients found that the vitamin made a big difference in improving damaged hearts, reports the Telegraph . The researchers gave some patients... More »

It's Scientifically Better to Be Born in Summer

Summer babies grow taller, are generally healthier: study

(Newser) - There's more reason to be jealous of summer babies than all those birthday parties by the pool: They may be healthier adults, according to a new study. University of Cambridge scientists surveyed roughly 500,000 Britons aged 40 to 69 for their birth dates, height, weight, and the age... More »

Vitamin D May Not Be Disease-Fighter

Low levels a symptom, not a cause of illness, researchers say

(Newser) - Is there any point in healthy people taking vitamin D supplements? New research suggests that while low levels of the "sunshine vitamin" are linked to many illnesses, the deficiency is a result, not a cause of sickness, reports Reuters . French researchers who reviewed hundreds of other studies were unable... More »

Researchers Inch Toward Baldness Cure

Research centers on vitamin D, but remedies are years away

(Newser) - Treatments like Rogaine work best for those trying to stop further hair loss—but what about people who are already bald? Researchers worldwide are inching closer to treatments that could restore hair growth, the Wall Street Journal reports. The market is huge, with 35 million men suffering from male-pattern baldness... More »

Did Darkness Kill Mozart?

And we mean that literally

(Newser) - If Mozart would've just gotten outside a little more, he might have lived longer. Researchers say added exposure to sunlight would have raised the composer's vitamin D level—an important vitamin in fighting off infection, reports LiveScience . Mozart died of an unknown illness in 1791 at age 35.... More »

Eight Ways to Sleep Tight at Last

You know caffeine doesn't help—but did you know vitamin D does?

(Newser) - We all know sleep is important (it can, after all, make us more attractive ): So how do we do it better? On Dumb Little Man , Kat Eden offers up 10 tips:
  • Get more vitamin D: Go out in the sun, include it in your diet, or ask your doctor
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Ditch the Extra Calcium, Vitamin D

Supplement sales have grown, but experts say they're not necessary

(Newser) - Doctors have been recommending vitamin D and calcium supplements for years. But it turns out, for most people, neither supplement is needed—and too much vitamin D could actually be harmful. A committee of experts determined that most people have enough vitamin D from their diets, sunshine, and other natural... More »

Lack of Sunshine Linked to MS, Arthritis

Vitamin D affects 229 disease-linked genes

(Newser) - A lack of sunshine makes people more likely to contract diseases including arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Type 1 diabetes, and some cancers, according to scientists exploring the genetic link between disease and low levels of vitamin D. Genetic researchers found that the vitamin—which the body makes when the skin is... More »

Vitamin D Found to Boost Immunity

New study discovers that 'sunshine vitamin' activates T-cells

(Newser) - Taking in some sunshine is vital for your immune system, according to a new study released yesterday. A group of Danish researchers have discovered that infection-killing T cells rely on vitamin D to activate, Reuters explains. “If the T cells cannot find enough vitamin D in the blood, they... More »

Vitamin D: Wonder Drug or Wonder Hype?

New study will try to get to the bottom of latest health craze

(Newser) - Doctors and health nuts have been gulping down vitamin D supplements lately, but there’s precious little science suggesting that they do anything. Conventional wisdom holds that vitamin D, which most people get through milk and exposure to sunlight, strengthens your bones and immune systems, while lowering the risk for... More »

Not Enough Sun, Milk: US Kids Lack Vitamin D

(Newser) - Too much time inside has left millions of American kids with shockingly low levels of Vitamin D, two new studies conclude. Roughly 9% of all 1- to 21-year-olds—7.6 million—were found to be Vitamin D deficient—putting them at higher risk for bone problems, heart disease, diabetes, and... More »

Vitamin D's Vital Role Heads for the Spotlight

(Newser) - Vitamin D is "one hot topic" among nutritionists, the Los Angeles Times reports, and it's about to get hotter. More than 2,000 studies on the so-called sunshine vitamin have been published this year alone, exploring its role in everything from reducing the risk of pancreatic cancer and diabetes... More »

Cancer Fears Drive Fitness Buffs Indoors

Dermatologists warn on workouts in the sun

(Newser) - Health experts warn us to keep fit while also pestering us to beware of the sun's damaging rays. The solution, for many: indoor workouts. “I refuse to exercise outdoors,” one avid stationary cyclist tells the Boston Globe. She said she considers the sun a harbinger of cancer, not... More »

Have Asthma? Go Outside: Study

(Newser) - Children with asthma might want to get outside more. According to a recent study, children with lower levels of vitamin D are likely to have more severe asthma symptoms, ScienceDaily reports. In the first in vivo study on the subject, researchers looked at 600 Costa Rican children with asthma. Those... More »

Sunscreen-Slathered Americans Lack Vitamin D

75% of teens, adults found to be short of 'sunshine' nutrient

(Newser) - Three-quarters of adults and teens in the US aren't getting enough vitamin D, according to a new study. The report suggests increased use of sunscreen has contributed to a steep rise in deficiency of the vitamin, which is mainly absorbed through sunshine. African Americans are particularly at risk because the... More »

Sunlight Offers Ray of Hope in Preventing MS

Vitamin D deficiency triggers disease

(Newser) - Deadly multiple sclerosis, which slowly destroys the central nervous system, may be  prevented with healthy exposure to the sun or Vitamin D supplements, according to a new study. Fresh research at Oxford University shows a vitamin D deficiency triggers a gene variant that increases the risk of developing MS by... More »

Parkinson's Linked to Lack of Vitamin D

Research finds Parkinson's patients deficient in sunshine vitamin

(Newser) - New research has strongly linked Parkinson's disease to a lack of vitamin D in the body, the BBC reports. Studies found that 55% of elderly patients with Parkinson's had low levels of the vitamin, compared to 36% of healthy elderly people. Researchers are unsure whether the deficiency is a cause... More »

Docs Double Daily Dose of D

Vitamin deficiency in young children is more prevalent than many parents suspect

(Newser) - Doctors have a new prescription for kids: double the vitamin D. The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that infants, children, and adolescents take twice the daily dose, or 400 IU, of the vitamin previously suggested, the Boston Globe reports. More prevalent than many parents realize, vitamin D deficiency (common... More »

Vitamin D's Grade: A+, or Incomplete?

'Sunshine vitamin' can stave off disease, but may be risky too

(Newser) - Vitamin D, the "sunshine vitamin," has been getting plenty of good press lately, leading some to ask why more people aren't guzzling it to help stave off heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. But as the government looks to update its guidelines, many experts warn that bombarding people with... More »

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