Sunshine vitamin ‘may help treat tuberculosis’

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Sharecenter_img HealthLifestyle Sunshine vitamin ‘may help treat tuberculosis’ by: – September 4, 2012 8 Views   no discussions The body makes vitamin D when it is out in the sunThe body makes vitamin D when it is out in the sun[/caption]Vitamin D could help the body fight infections of deadly tuberculosis, according to doctors in London.Nearly 1.5 million people are killed by the infection every year and there are concerns some cases are becoming untreatable.A study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed patients recovered more quickly when given both the vitamin and antibiotics.More tests would be needed before it could be given to patients routinely.The idea of using vitamin D to treat tuberculosis (TB) harks back to some of the earliest treatments for the lung infection. Before antibiotics were discovered, TB patients were prescribed “forced sunbathing”, known as heliotherapy, which increased vitamin D production.However, the treatment disappeared when antibiotics proved successful at treating the disease.Heal fasterThis study on 95 patients, conducted at hospitals across London, combined antibiotics with vitamin D pills.It showed that recovery was almost two weeks faster when vitamin D was added. Patients who stuck to the regimen cleared the infection in 23 days on average, while it took patients 36 days if they were given antibiotics and a dummy sugar pill.Dr Adrian Martineau, from Queen Mary University of London, told the BBC: “This isn’t going to replace antibiotics, but it may be a useful extra weapon.“It looks promising, but we need slightly stronger evidence.”Trials in more patients, as well as studies looking at the best dose and if different forms of vitamin D are better, will be needed before the vitamin could be used by doctors.Vitamin D appears to work by calming inflammation during the infection. An inflammatory response is an important part of the body’s response to infection. During TB infection, it breaks down some of the scaffolding in the lungs letting more infection-fighting white blood cells in. However, this also creates tiny cavities in the lungs in which TB bacteria can camp out.“If we can help these cavities to heal more quickly, then patients should be infectious for a shorter period of time, and they may also suffer less lung damage,” Dr Martineau said.The doctors suggested this might also help in other lung diseases such as pneumonia and sepsis.Prof Peter Davies, the secretary of the charity TB Alert, said the findings were “excellent” and vitamin D could play “an important role in treating tuberculosis”.However, he thought there could be an even greater role in preventing the disease. One in three people have low levels of tuberculosis bacteria in their lungs and have no symptoms, known as latent tuberculosis. However, this would turn to full blown TB in about 10% of people. Prof Davies’s idea is that giving vitamin D supplements, for example in milk, could prevent latent TB developing.“That would be a massive revolution if it was shown to work,” he said.Prof Alison Grant, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: “Drug-resistant TB is an increasing concern world-wide and so new treatments to reduce the length of TB treatment would be very welcome. “Vitamin D supplements are often given to patients who are short of vitamin D and these low doses are generally very safe. “In this study the researchers were giving higher doses of vitamin D, and I think we would need larger studies to be confident that there were no negative effects of this higher dose.” BBC Newslast_img read more

Humphrey the hamster returns for reading month

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Alpena Public Schools is kicking off the One District One Book program for reading month.This year, elementary school students are reading the book, Friendship According to Humphrey. Every student and staff member in the district will receive a copy of the book. Special Projects Manager for the district, Jennifer Marceau, says they chose the book for its ability to connect with the students.“Many of the characters in the story are very relatable to children attending elementary school. What Humphrey is struggling with in this story is friendship, and that is something that children deal with every single day.”School activities will directly correspond with daily readings the children will do at home with their families. Students will also have a chance to get excited about literacy with this Friday’s series of reading kick off assemblies.If you want to learn more or get involved, you can visit the Facebook page Friendship According to Humphrey APS March is Reading Month.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Friendship According to Humphrey, Humphrey, March, Reading, reading monthContinue ReadingPrevious State of Michigan joins investigation of Juul Labs, maker of e-cigaretteNext Text messages of former Alpena County Undersheriff indicate corruptionlast_img read more


first_imgBUSINESS: The Caith go hÁitiu’il (Shop Local) campaign was embraced by Healthwise Pharmacies and they are reporting a massive response from customers.Healthwise made a commitment to offer real value and choice within local communities, and director Liam Grimley has reported a huge uptake from customers, with turnover up significantly in all branches. Healthwise price checked all of their Christmas Gift lines, and expanded the range of goods on offer to meet demand for local customers.Liam claims that customers have recognised the value on offer, and appreciate the availability of a local selection of gifts to meet all of their requirements.He believes that the listing on or on facebook of a range of promotions has improved customers awareness of the value available.Healthwise are so delighted with the response to the shop local campaign, that they will now offer a range of crazy one day promotions, where a featured product will be offered with up to 80% off e.g. Jimmy Choo Fragrance reduced from 55.00 to only 10.00. These promotions will run for one day only ,and will feature high profile luxury brands , so keep an eye on Facebook or the Healthwise website for more information.Shopping locally saves time & money while supporting Jobs and services in local communities. Healthwise Pharmacies have shown that it can pay for customers to check out the local offers and urge continued support for all local business this Christmas.Please add click through link to our Website offer page at bottom of feature. RESPONSE TO HEALTHWISE PHARMACIES SHOP LOCAL CAMPAIGN was last modified: December 15th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more