A lot of good news and puzzling news about vitamin D.
The good news is that researchers in Scotland are launching a new study comparing artificial UVB light-similar to the light that you would expect to get in Aberdeen- and vitamin D supplements on the immune system. They are looking to see if there is any effect on health outcomes. Vitamin D deficiency can affect bone health and it may have an effect on other diseases such as cancer, heart disease and multiple sclerosis. The one thing I would question from the proposed research is the fact that doses of vitamin D to be used are similar to those found in ordinary over the counter vitamin supplements. I suggest if you look at research from around the world then to augment 25(OH)D levels-the test for vitamin D- to an adequate level in defficient people will mean administering a considerably higher dose. The team are looking for 50 volunteers who are not currently taking vitamin D, are not allergic to the sun, and can travel to the research site to take part.
The puzzling news about vitamin D is research published in the Lancet on January 24th. Professor Michaelsson's team looked at a meta-analysis of data to see if vitamin D offered health benefits in prevention of heart disease, cancer or bone fractures. They could find no beneficial evidence and suggested that 'taking vitamin D without true insuffiency might actually cause harm.' This has been refuted by Dr Canell of the Vitamin D Council but I did wonder where the data originated to substantiate the statement?
FLU VACCINATION INFORMATION
This year GGHB is running the flu vaccination service.
If you are over 65, then please wait for your letter from the NHS. That will give you the date, time and venue . (Younger patients e.g. 65 year olds are being vaccinatedfirst) It’s also important to point out that the over 65 vaccine is different from the one given to the under 65’s and also different from the one that may be available on a private basis. The under 65’s at risk e.g. asthmatics those with diabetes etc willeither be done at their GP practice or again at a hub.
If you are under 65 and a carer please contact the pharmacy on 0141 633 3868 or firstname.lastname@example.org where you can book in for a vaccine. Unfortunately our private service is at capacity just now and we have a waiting list