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In Brief: Vitamin A deficiency and HIV transmission

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Vitamin A deficiency and HIV transmission: Study in 567 HIV-positive pregnant women in south central Africa suggests a link between vitamin A-deficient pregnant women and an increased risk in transmitting HIV to their unborn children, study investigator Richard Semba, MD, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, reported at a Feb. 1 press briefing. In the study, 28.7% of the infants died within one year of life. Among infants born to those mothers most deficient in vitamin A, 93.3% died in the first year of life, Semba said. Of those children born to mothers with healthy vitamin A levels, only 14.2% died within a year...

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