Sunday, January 05, 2003

Skin-tone study tests for vitamin D's secrets -
By Ruth Pollard, Health Writer
January 3 2003

"Researchers at St George Hospital this year will undertake what is said to be the world's largest study of vitamin D levels in pregnant mothers and their newborn.

The study, which will test 1000 women and their babies over the next six months, aims to track the rate of vitamin D deficiencies in dark-skinned women compared with the broader population.
Dark-skin races did not photoactivate vitamin D as well as lighter-skinned people, and they released less vitamin D into breast milk, he said."

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