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Vitamin D may help prevent infections with atopic dermatitis

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The results of a small study suggest that supplementation with vitamin D can restore production of an antimicrobial peptide in patients with atopic dermatitis, thereby decreasing their risk of skin infections. Atopic dermatitis patients are known to be at increased risk for...

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Many adolescents not up to date on their immunizations

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adolescent immunization rates are far from optimal, and many opportunities to make sure that teenagers receive recommended immunizations are being missed, according to a new study. To better understand why immunization rates are low among adolescents, Dr. Grace M. Lee at...

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Elective cesarean delivery lowers risk of vertical hepatitis B transmission

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Elective cesarean section is associated with a lower rate of mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B virus (HBV) than is vaginal delivery, according to a report in the August 28th issue of Virology Journal published by BioMed Central. "Based on our study, we encourage...