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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Nutritional Rickets: An Old Disease Returns

Author
item Abrams, Steven

Submitted to: Nutrition Reviews
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: December 20, 2001
Publication Date: April 20, 2002
Citation: ABRAMS, S.A. NUTRITIONAL RICKETS: AN OLD DISEASE RETURNS. NUTRITION REVIEWS. 2002. v. 60(4). p. 111-115.

Interpretive Summary: No interpretive summary necessary for review articles.

Technical Abstract: Nutritional rickets, an ancient disease that was thought to have been cured in the early part of the 20th century, has made an unexpected comeback in recent years throughout the world. Although the frequency of its occurrence is poorly documented, increasing case reports of rickets are apparently related to low dietary intake of vitamin D and calcium and decreased sunshine exposure. Greater awareness of this problem is needed, as are further data regarding vitamin D status and incidence of rickets among infants and toddlers. Routine provision of supplemental vitamin D to all breastfed infants remains controversial, but may become more widely recommended.

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