There are many health benefits to kids playing outdoors, not the least of which is preventing myopia.
Kids need to play outside for a number of reasons, but there may even be benefit for their eyes. Here's how sunlight helps prevent nearsightedness, or myopia.
Vitamin D comes in two forms: D2 and D3. Until now, they were believed to be equal. A new study casts doubt on that belief.
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Many foods are rich in vitamin D.
New research has linked vitamin D to increased leg strength including power, velocity and jump height.
Vitamin D seems to play a protective role when the lungs are inflamed and infected.
Asthmatics given vitamin D had fewer severe attacks that needed treatment with oral medication.
Genes are important in predicting the risk of myopia, but they alone cannot explain the epidemic.
Kirkwall harbour, Orkney.
Orkney's ultra-high incidence has been linked to the weak northern sun. So how come the more northern Shetlands are less afflicted?
Vitamin D and fish oil are some of the supplements that can enhance effects of antidepressant medications.
Taking some nutrient supplements together with antidepressants can enhance the medication's effects, our new research has found.
Antiquated methods of treating TB included sunbathing. The modern-day equivalent is vitamin D supplements.
In countries such as South Africa with a high burden of TB and HIV, vitamin D could be an extremely effective and cheap weapon to include in the arsenal against TB and HIV.
A pair of lungs infected with TB.
There is an increasing focus on alternative treatment strategies, developed to treat other diseases and conditions but re-purposed to tackle TB.
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Vitamin D is often seen as a harmless supplement to take – the more the better. But the evidence suggests a different picture.
While nutrient supplementation can have a role in treating certain psychiatric disorders, all kinds of nutrients should, in the first instance, be consumed as part of a balanced wholefood diet.
A growing body of research points to the detrimental effect of unhealthy diets and the protective value of healthy diets – along with select nutritional supplements as required – for maintaining and promoting mental health.
Allergies are becoming more frequent in the western world.
Allergies are reactions caused by the immune system as it responds to environmental substances that are usually harmless. But we don't yet have a cure or the ability to prevent them from developing.
A debilitating disease.
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Prevalence of MS in some areas and not others have led researchers to investigate whether there's a link between the disease and a lack of vitamin D.
Research suggests that sunlight may have benefits that we have not yet discovered.
Summer sunshine makes most of us feel better, but there may be more to the benefits than just feeling good.
Aim to get a few minutes of summer sun each morning or afternoon.
It’s been more than 30 years since Sid Seagull first urged us to slip, slop and slap while out in the sun. But while we’ve made enormous progress fighting skin cancer, melanomas are still the fourth most…
The amount of sun exposure and associated vitamin D production is believed to underlie the geographical gradient in multiple sclerosis prevalance.
Multiple sclerosis is a neurological disease affecting almost 25,000 Australians and more than 2.4 million people worldwide. It’s one of the leading causes of disability in young adults. Typically, the…
Taking Vitamin D supplements to improve breathing only assists asthma sufferers who can get enough of the vitamin in their…
Many people struggle to balance the facts that too much sun exposure results in skin cancer and too little causes vitamin D deficiency.
With daylight saving ending yesterday across most of the country and winter approaching, Australians are moving from fears of too much sun exposure resulting in skin cancer to too little sun exposure and…
There is no convincing evidence that vitamin D helps with many of the diseases previously thought to benefit from vitamin…