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Rickets Up Among Kids Hooked on Computers

Indoor play cuts sun, Vitamin D

(Newser) - Britain is experiencing an uptick in rickets, a Victorian-era disease caused by Vitamin D deficiency that causes children to develop bow legs. Today's computer-loving kids spend more time playing indoors, avoiding sunlight and the Vitamin D is provides. Researchers suggest adding Vitamin D to milk and other foods to combat...

Docs Find Little Kids Low on Vitamin D

Deficiency leads to reduced bone density in infants, toddlers

(Newser) - Many young children are not receiving enough vitamin D, putting them at risk of bone problems and immune-system trouble, ABC News reports. In a group of 380 kids ages 2 and younger, 12% were deficient in vitamin D and 40% had below-optimal levels. A third of those deficient showed changes...

Docs Try to Diagnose Tiny Tim

Dickens gave scant evidence, but the web is full of theories

(Newser) - Armchair physicians across the web are trying to solve one of literature’s greatest mysteries: what the heck was wrong with Tiny Tim? All we know is that Dickens’ wretch was a small, sick, crutch-wielder, who was prone to weakness and doomed unless ol’ Ebeneezer loosened his purse strings. It’...

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