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Vitamin A and diarrhea

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Placebo-controlled study in July 23 issue of The Lancet concludes that the "effect of vitamin A supplementation on diarrhea severity may be the most important factor in the reduction in mortality with vitamin A supplementation." Mauricio Barreto, MD, Federal University of Bahia, Brazil, et al. evaluated the effect of giving 100,000 IU or 200,000 IU of vitamin A every four months to 1,240 children six months-to-two years of age over the course of a year. The overall incidence of diarrhea episodes was "significantly lower" in the vitamin A-supplemented group, with the benefit of vitamin A increasing with more severe episodes, the study found
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