Optimizing ultraviolet B radiation exposure to prevent vitamin D deficiency among pregnant women in the tropical zone: report from cohort study on vitamin D status and its impact during pregnancy in Indonesia

Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy carries potential threat to fetal well being. Natural conversion of vitamin D in the skin can be facilitated by direct ultra violet B (UVB) radiation, but the effect is re...
Source: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth - Category: OBGYN Authors: Tags: Research article Source Type: research

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In conclusion, vitamin D status among pregnant Mongolians is severely depressed throughout the year and should be addressed through fortification and supplementation, while in the U.S.), deficiency is associated with specific characteristics targetable through supplementation.
Source: The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Category: Biochemistry Source Type: research
A recent article in Dark Daily convinced me that we need a new definition for direct-to-consumer (DTC) lab testing which has also been called direct-access-testing (DAT) (see:Direct-to-Consumer Lab Test Start-Up EverlyWell Puts Clinical Laboratory Tests on Shelves at CVS and Target). Below is an excerpt from the article:....Julia Taylor Cheek, Founder and CEO ofEverlyWell, a well-financed digital health company based in Austin —hopes to build a... disruptive business in the clinical laboratory industry....Cheek is talking about the same primary business strategy of letting consumers purchase their own lab tests....Th...
Source: Lab Soft News - Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Clinical Lab Industry News Clinical Lab Testing Diagnostics Direct Access Testing (DAT) Healthcare Innovations Lab Industry Trends Lab Processes and Procedures Medical Consumerism Medical Research Reference Laboratories Test Kits and H Source Type: blogs
Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with an increased risk of abnormal pregnancy implantation leading to obstetric complications such as pre-eclampsia and fetal growth restriction. However, the effect of ...
Source: Reproductive Health - Category: OBGYN Authors: Tags: Research Source Type: research
AJP Rep 2019; 09: e226-e234 DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-1693163 Objective Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is associated with vitamin D deficiency and poor pregnancy outcomes. We studied a nested cohort from a randomized controlled trial to investigate the association between BV and vitamin D concentration in pregnancy. Study Design Subjects with randomly assigned 400 versus 4,400 IU of daily cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) had vaginal swabs collected for Gram staining and Nugent score calculation, as well as plasma 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) measurement at three pregnancy time points. Results Fifty-two (21.2%) of ...
Source: American Journal of Perinatology Reports - Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
Source: Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine - Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Source Type: research
In conclusion, maternal vitamin D deficiency affected the function of Th1/Th2 cells and methylation of IFN-γ gene in offspring rats. Meanwhile, maternal vitamin D deficiency had the potential to regulate DNMT activity, which may determine the status of methylation. PMID: 31260744 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Immunology Letters - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: Immunol Lett Source Type: research
Conclusion: In this study, non-western immigrant women described benefits in everyday life, increased strength, relieved pain and improved sleep quality. The findings can provide valuable knowledge for healthcare providers meeting women with physical weakness, musculoskeletal pain and/or poor sleep quality after childbirth. Further studies using a longitudinal design and larger samples are warranted. PMID: 31232674 [PubMed - in process]
Source: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Int J Qual Stud Health Well-being Source Type: research
Physiologic changes during pregnancy include calcium, phosphate, and calciotropic hormone status. Calcium metabolic disorders are rare in pregnancy and management with close calcium and vitamin D control and supplementation. Primary hyperparathyroidism is mostly asymptomatic and does not affect conception or pregnancy. It requires control of plasma calcium levels. Surgical intervention may be indicated. Data on severe cases are missing. Osteoporosis in or before pregnancy is rare but usually diagnosed from fractures. Medical treatment other than supplementation is contraindicated. Vitamin D deficiency is common and may aff...
Source: Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America - Category: Endocrinology Authors: Source Type: research
This study included 8852 pregnant women and 2000 newborns. The serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] levels of the 8852 pregnant women and the cord blood of 2000 newborns were measured. Results: The results showed that the average level of 25(OH)D in pregnant women in this area was 76.55 nmol/L, and women in different trimesters had different vitamin D levels (p 
Source: International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research - Category: Nutrition Tags: Int J Vitam Nutr Res Source Type: research
Background: Vitamin D status in pregnancy may influence the risk of prematurity, birth size, and child postnatal growth, but few studies have examined the relationship among pregnant women living with HIV. Methods: We conducted a prospective cohort study of 257 HIV-infected mothers and their HIV-exposed uninfected infants who were enrolled in the 2009–2011 nutrition substudy of the Surveillance Monitoring for ART Toxicities (SMARTT) study. HIV-infected pregnant women had serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) assessed in the third trimester of pregnancy, and their infants' growth and neurodevelopment were evaluated...
Source: JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes - Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Clinical Science Source Type: research
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