January 25, 2013 -- John Cannell, MD
Atopic dermatitis or eczema is an allergic, inflammatory, chronic, non-contagious and very itchy skin disorder. The skin of a patient with eczema reacts abnormally to irritants, foods, dust, mites, pollen and other allergens to become red, flaky and very itchy. The skin also becomes vulnerable to bacterial infections.
In the last several decades, eczema has become dramatically more common, especially among children. It now affects almost 20% of all children and up to 3% of adults in industrialized countries; its prevalence in the United States alone has nearly tripled in the past thirty years.
I have written about it before:
- Dear Dr Cannell: Sun exposure, vitamin D, and eczema. Posted on November 17, 2012 by John Cannell, MD
- Vitamin D and sun exposure: Eczema update. Posted on September 22, 2012 by John Cannell, MD
- Dear Dr. Cannell: Allergies. Posted on May 29, 2012 by John Cannell, MD
Dr Aysegul Akan and colleagues in Ankara, Turkey, have conducted an interesting study of 74 children with eczema whose initial average vitamin D levels was around 11 ng/ml. They conducted a cross-sectional study, looking at several factors at only one time period.
Akan A, Azkur D, Ginis T, Toyran M, Kaya A, Vezir E, Ozcan C, Ginis Z, Kocabas CN. Vitamin D Level in Children Is Correlated with Severity of Atopic Dermatitis but Only in Patients with Allergic Sensitizations. Pediatr Dermatol. 2013 Jan 7.
The authors conducted skin tests on the kids to check for allergic sensitization. They also grouped the children as to the severity of their eczema as mild, moderate or severe. Continue reading → (no membership required) Does vitamin D affect my medication or does my medication affect my vitamin D?
January 24, 2013 -- John Cannell, MD
More and more, the question arises: does vitamin D affect my medication or does my medication affect my vitamin D? Researchers recently conducted a thorough review of the world’s literature on drug-vitamin D interactions. Continue reading → (membership required) Vitamin D improves recovery time after injury
January 27, 2013 -- John Cannell, MD
After injury, rats treated with large vitamin D doses had increased cellular turnover resulting in faster recovery compared to the placebo group. Continue reading → (no membership required) Is lack of sun exposure linked to cognitive decline?
January 28, 2013 -- Brant Cebulla
Researchers out of the University of Alabama Birmingham recently report that lack of sun exposure may lead to cognitive decline over time. Continue reading → (membership required)
Complications in heart surgery: Does D matter?
January 22, 2013 -- John Cannell, MD
Researchers in Germany recently studied 4418 patients who underwent cardiac surgery. Find out what vitamin D levels resulted in the best outcomes and fewest complications. Continue reading → (membership required)
Are you at risk for D deficiency during pregnancy?
January 23, 2013 -- Kate Saley
Recent research reports that having given birth two or more times, giving birth to more than one child at a time (e.g. twins), and non-tanned skin are significant risk factors for vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy. Continue reading → (no membership required) Vitamin D blood test: Past and present debates, difficulties, and developments
January 26, 2013 -- John Cannell, MD
Recently Drs William Fraser and Anna Milan of the University of East Anglia in England wrote about the different methods used to measure vitamin D. Continue reading → (membership required)
Vitamin D level predicts mortality following surgery
January 23, 2013 -- Vitamin D Council News
Research presented at the Society of Critical Care Medicine meeting reports that vitamin D deficiency before coronary artery bypass graft surgery predicts risk of mortality after 3 months. Continue reading → Vitamin D as possible breast cancer treatment
January 24, 2013 -- Vitamin D Council News
A study published this last week in the Journal of Cell Biology reports that researchers have uncovered a molecular pathway that contributes to triple-negative breast cancer, a deadly and treatment resistant form of cancer that often occurs in young women. Continue reading → Low vitamin D linked to sepsis, mortality
January 25, 2013 -- Vitamin D Council News
Research reported at the Society of Critical Care Medicine meeting found that people who are vitamin D deficient have an increased risk of developing sepsis – a severe blood infection – and an increased risk of death if they develop sepsis. Continue reading → UK cancer group supports increased vitamin D through sensible sun exposure
January 28, 2013 -- Vitamin D Council News
The Vitamin D Society wishes to make Canadians aware of a new innovative Vitamin D and Skin Cancer Prevention program developed by Cancer Research UK. Continue reading → Dr Carol Wagner: Vitamin D safety during pregnancy
January 29, 2013
Don't miss the third Grassroots Health webinar!
Today at 10am PST Dr Carol Wagner will be discussing the question: "I already take vitamin D in my prenatal...Do I need more? How safe is it for pregnancy?"
Register here for today's webinar! Have a vitamin D question? You can submit your questions for Dr Wagner when you register.