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Falls in nursing homes could be reduced

21st January 2010

A new review has suggested that people who live in nursing homes may be less likely to fall if they take vitamin D supplements.

Australian researchers carried out a review of 41 trials involving 25,422 older people, the majority of whom were female. Of these trials, five had tested the impact of vitamin D supplementation on patients in nursing facilities and found it to be an effective intervention for preventing falls. The Arthritis Research Campaign, however, commented that the link between taking a vitamin supplement and falling was surprising and difficult to explain.

 

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