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Vitamin D insufficiency in Indigenous infants and the risk of hospitalisation for acute lower respiratory infection (ALRI)

 

Overview

One in five Indigenous infants are hospitalised with acute lower respiratory infection (ALRI) in their first year of life. Recent international studies suggest an association between vitamin D deficiency and ALRI despite adequate sun exposure. This study will be the first to characterise vitamin D levels in Indigenous children and investigate the association between vitamin D deficiency and ALRI in this population. The results of this work could have implications for prevention strategies involving vitamin D supplementation for ALRIs.

The primary aim of the study is to determine if vitamin D insufficiency in cord blood is associated with a higher risk of hospitalisation for ALRI during the first year of life.

The secondary aims of the study are:

Abstract adapted from Menzies School of Health Research

Contacts

Michael Binks
Child Health Division
Respiratory and Ear Health Teams
Menzies School of Health Research
Ph: (08) 892 27646
Email: Michael.binks@menzies.edu.au

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Last updated: 20 March 2014
 
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