Ministers warn of rickets rise2nd January 2008
The government has warned that more children in the UK are being diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency, which can lead to rickets.
"Dozens of cases" of rickets have been reported. Rickets is a disorder of the bones which was believed to have been "wiped out" in the 1950s. However, new research shows that seven and eight children per 100,000 are believed to be deficient in vitamin D.
The government says pregnant women and mothers who breastfeed should take more vitamin D in the winter as a preventative measure against their child developing the disease.
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Title: Ministers warn of rickets rise
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 5190
Date Added: 2nd Jan 2008