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Overview of Rickets and Vitamin D

Summary of Rickets and Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency is the cause of most rickets
Rate of rickets is usually < 0.1% of births, unless dark skin or breastfed
Rate of rickets has greatly increased with the drop in vitamin D levels during the past 40 years
400 IU can prevent/treat most rickets (Turkey gave vitamin D to EVERY child)
More than 400 IU may be needed
A low serum level of vitamin D does not indicate rickets
Rate of rickets in some countries varies from 10% to 70% (typically poor health overall)
Rickets was identified 400 years ago and treatments were determined 100 years ago
Rickets is strongly associated with severe breathing problems (weak ribs)
Bowed legs is not the primary indication of rickets (3 other indications of rickets are seen more often)

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Shaken Baby Syndrome - Movie April 2016






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Prevention and treatment

Shaken-baby syndrome

Associated with Dark skin and breastfed


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How much Vitamin D needed to stop rickets

Other Vitamin D

PDF Re-emerging Nutriional Rickets - 2005, is attached at the bottom of this page

PDF Rickets in Children is attached at the bottom of this page

PDF History of Rickets before the discovery of vitamin D (Jan 2014) is attached at the bottom of this page
Treating rickets by having children on a veranda - 1923

PDF Good Seminar on Rickets - Lancet May 2014 is attached at the bottom of this page
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Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, January 2015, $40 for PDF
In the case of rickets, there was marked architectural disorganization of endochondral ossification at the costochondral junctions and growth plates of long bones. The child abuse-related fractures showed osteochondral callus at different stages of healing, either centered on a discrete fracture line or at metaphyses (e.g. classical metaphyseal lesions). In many instances, the healing fractures disrupted the line of endochondral ossification. In none of the child abuse-related fractures was there any similarity to the histologic appearance of rickets.
The maturation disturbance in the growth plate that occurs in rickets is a distinctive entity that cannot be confused histologically with healing fractures, including the classical metaphyseal lesion.
Includes 20 references - free

Vitamin D Status in Abused and Nonabused Children Younger Than 2 Years Old With Fractures - 2011

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6824 Disorders in Vitamin D Action 2014.pdf PDF admin 23 Jun, 2016 16:38 917.83 Kb 385
6568 SBS movie.jpg admin 20 Apr, 2016 09:44 10.97 Kb 2003
6125 Vitamin D nonabused 2011.pdf PDF admin 31 Oct, 2015 16:29 327.30 Kb 666
4571 A Critical Review - traumatic vs metabolic.pdf PDF admin 11 Nov, 2014 16:45 2.37 Mb 1418
4163 Rickets top 20.jpg admin 22 Jul, 2014 01:30 56.47 Kb 6687
3926 Rickets Lancet F3.jpg admin 20 May, 2014 11:49 94.84 Kb 8489
3925 Rickets Lancet.jpg admin 20 May, 2014 11:49 61.62 Kb 8965
3924 Rickets Lancet May 2014.pdf PDF 2014 admin 20 May, 2014 11:41 554.15 Kb 1465
3857 ricketsinchildren- April 3.pdf admin 29 Apr, 2014 16:07 1.22 Mb 1307
3503 Rickets veranda.jpg admin 10 Jan, 2014 00:38 38.56 Kb 7433
3502 Rickets before vitamin D.pdf PDF - 2014 admin 10 Jan, 2014 00:33 1.70 Mb 1370
3486 Vitamin D within 3 days to prevent rickets.pdf PDF - 2013 admin 07 Jan, 2014 11:03 454.26 Kb 1251
3165 ricketsbone big.jpg admin 24 Oct, 2013 10:19 50.06 Kb 132733
3164 ricketsbone.jpg admin 24 Oct, 2013 10:13 21.01 Kb 1712
2770 Reemerging Nutrional Rickets.pdf PDF admin 11 Jul, 2013 00:26 213.91 Kb 1628
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