Newborn Deaths and Vitamin A

Vitamin A defiency can lead to increased deaths in children under six months of age. In this study infants in Nepal received 50,000 units of vitamin A at birth and had a 64 percent reduction in death rate. Investigators believed that the vitamin A may provide a stimulus to rapid maturation of both gut and lung lining. This matured lining may be more resistant to invasion by pathogens or may clear such organisms more efficiently. When I spoke in LA two weeks ago, a woman came to the...

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