Sjogren’s (SHOW-grins) syndrome is an autoimmune disease identified by its two most common symptoms — dry eyes and a dry mouth. It often accompanies other immune-system disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. In Sjogren’s syndrome, the mucous membranes and moisture-secreting glands of your eyes and mouth are usually affected first — resulting in decreased
Vitamin D status may be related to the tendency to develop diabetes during pregnancy, according to a study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing (volume 41, Issue 3, pages 328–338, May/June 2012). This was a meta-analysis that looked at six studies performed between 1999 and 2011. Five of the studies
A study, appearing in the British Journal of Psychiatry (Epublished ahead of print, July 12, 2012) found that depression may be linked to low levels of vitamin D. The study looked at 230 depressed subjects with low vitamin D levels and compared them to 114 individuals with high vitamin D levels. They were evaluated with
A study involving 104 adolescents was published in BMC Psychiatry (2012 May 9; 12(1):38). The subjects were receiving acute mental health treatment over a 16-month period. Researchers found a relationship between vitamin D deficiency and psychotic feat...
The sun is dangerous—its rays can give you melanoma and kill you. Beware of the sun! Don’t go out on a summer’s day without wearing either SPF 97 sun block or a lead-lined flannel shirt. Yep, the sun is right up there with trans-fats, cigarettes, and unprotected sex as a threat to our health; or