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Vitamin A study

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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Published by Richard Semba, MD, Dana Center, et al., in the June 25 Lancet finds that among 338 HIV-positive mothers in Malawi who were divided into quartiles of vitamin A serum concentrations less than .70 mcmol/L, .70-1.05 mcmol/L, 1.05-1.40 mcmol/L, and greater than or equal to 1.40 mcmol/L, infant transmission was 32.4%, 26.2%, 16%, and 7%, respectively. Semba et al. concluded that "improving vitamin A during pregnancy may lower vertical transmission rates of HIV" and "nutritional intervention may be a practical, inexpensive and widely applicable option" to reducing HIV incidence in infants
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