Baby Develops Scurvy

Spanish doctors diagnosed an 11-month old baby with scurvy--vitamin C deficiency. The parents were feeding the child exclusively almond milk and it did not get enough ascorbic acid for adequate collagen production. The issue was the absence of formula or breast milk, not because it was a plant-based beverage. (Dairy milk has no vitamin C.) If fruits had supplemented…

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Most Americans Okay in Vitamin D

More than 2/3 of the U.S. population had sufficient vitamin D, as defined by the 2010 Institute of Medicine's report (serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25OHD] between 50 and 125 nmol/L). About 25% were at risk of inadequacy (30-49 nmol/L). Interestingly, the National Center for Health Statistics found that many non-white groups have better skeletal status than…

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