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Journal of Investigative Medicine:
doi: 10.231/JIM.0b013e31822a234a
Review Article

Evidence for the Role of Inadequate Vitamin D in Asthma Severity Among Children

Staple, Lauren E. MD*; Teach, Stephen J. MD, MPH†

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Abstract

Asthma is the most common chronic pediatric medical condition in the United States and accounts for significant morbidity, particularly among minority and disadvantaged populations. Hypovitaminosis D is also highly prevalent throughout the developed world, and many of the risk factors for hypovitaminosis D and asthma are the same. Several recent observational studies have documented a correlation between asthma severity and vitamin D levels; however, there is no strong evidence for causality yet. Until trials of vitamin D supplementation among children with asthma are performed, the role of low levels of vitamin D in causing asthma morbidity will remain unclear.

© 2011 American Federation for Medical Research

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