Learn how vitamin D deficiency may be linked to an increase in cold risks in this medical report.
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Dr. Susan Sharma: This is insidermedicine in 60. From Boston, according to research in the Archives of Internal Medicine, vitamin D deficiency may be linked to increased cold risk. In a study of nearly 19,000 people, researchers found that those with vitamin D levels lower than 10 ng/mL were 36% more likely to have had a cold recently than those with levels of at least 30. These results further show that vitamin D is critical to immune function. From San Francisco, according to research in the journal Gastroenterology, drinking wine may reduce the risk of esophageal cancer. In a study of over 2,600 patients, researchers found that moderate wine intake reduce the risk of reflux esophagitis by 55%, adenocarcinoma by up to 16% and squamous cell carcinoma by 21%. However, more than 2 to 3 servings of wine per day increased the risk of squamous cell carcinoma. And finally, from Chicago, according to research from the CDC, lead levels have dropped dramatically in children over the last 20 years. According to the study, just 1.4% of young children had elevated lead levels in their blood in 2004, compared to nearly 9% in 1988. Lead can interfere with nervous system development and cause problems with learning, memory and behavior. For insidermedicine in 60, I'm Dr. Susan Sharma.