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Vitamin D May Thwart Kids' Winter Colds
Date:8/23/2012

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Vitamin D is best known for its role in bone health, but many recent studies have shown that it has other important roles, including in immune function.

The body naturally produces vitamin D in response to sunlight. Maintaining adequate levels of the vitamin in winter can be particularly challenging for people who live in certain areas -- such as the northern United States and Canada -- where there are major seasonal variations in daily sunlight.

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The Harvard School of Public Health has more about vitamin D and health.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Massachusetts General Hospital, news release, Aug. 20, 2012


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