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Asthmatic children with low blood vitamin D levels may have a greater risk of suffering severe asthma attacks.
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A study followed more than 1,000 children with asthma for four years, and found those with vitamin-D insufficiency at the outset were more likely to have an asthma attack that required a trip to the hospital.

Reuters reports:
“When the researchers considered other factors — including the severity of the children’s asthma at the study’s start, their weight and their family income — vitamin D insufficiency itself was linked to a 50 percent increase in the risk of severe asthma attacks.”

Resources:
* Reuters June 23, 2010

*Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology June 8, 2010 [Epub ahead of print]

*Eurekalert June 25, 2010

*Eurekalert June 23, 2010

*Phytotherapy Research June 14, 2010 [Epub ahead of print]

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