ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Pain-Relieving Powers of Acupuncture Unclear
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Maggots as Good as Gel in Leg Ulcer Treatments
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
A Little Drink May Be Good for Your Bones
Drinking Cuts Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk
More Faces Being Spared in Motor Vehicle Accidents
CANCER
Seaweed May Help Treat Lymphoma
Vitamin D May Lower Colon Cancer Risk
Spice Compounds May Stem Tumor Growth
CAREGIVING
Babies Born in High Pollen Months at Wheezing Risk
Study of Everest Climbers Questions Oxygen Use
Recession Scrambling Health Spending in U.S.
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
COSMETIC
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
Health Tip: After Liposuction
DENTAL, ORAL
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
Periodontal Disease Impacts Whole Health
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
DIABETES
Findings Challenge Tight Glucose Control for Critically Ill Patients
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page
DIET, NUTRITION
Coffee Drinking Lowers Women's Stroke Risk
School Meals Need to Get Healthier
More Calcium And Dairy Products in Childhood Could Mean Longer Life
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Pilots May Face Greater Cancer Risk
Think You Are Lead-Free? Check Your Soil
Traffic Seems to Make Kids' Asthma Worse
EYE CARE, VISION
Statin Drugs Cause Eye Disorders
Kids' Eye Injuries From Golf Clubs Rare But Severe
Hybrid Cars Pose Risk to Blind, Visually Impaired
FITNESS
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
Tai Chi: An Ideal Exercise for Many People with Diabetes
Resistance Training Boosts Mobility in Knee Arthritis Patients
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
GENERAL HEALTH
Eating Lots Of Vegetables, Olive Oil May Extend Life
Kids With Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Heart Trouble
Research Shows Genetic Activity of Antioxidants
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
How Weight Loss Can Help the Heart
Drinking Your Way to Health? Perhaps Not
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Traffic Seems to Make Kids' Asthma Worse
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
MEN'S HEALTH
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
Keeping a Healthy Holiday Balance
Consciousness Helps the Mind and Body Work Together
Musicians' Brains Tuned to Emotions in Sound
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
SENIORS
For Older Walkers, Faster Is Better
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Flame-Retardant Chemical Linked to Conception Problems
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
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Mom's Vitamin D Levels Affect Baby's Dental Health

FRIDAY, July 4 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born to women with low levels of vitamin D during pregnancy may be at increased risk for tooth enamel defects and early childhood tooth decay, a Canadian study finds.

Researchers at the University of Manitoba analyzed the vitamin D levels of 206 women in their second trimester of pregnancy and found only 21 (10.5 percent) of the women had adequate vitamin D levels. The women's levels of vitamin D were related to the frequency of milk consumption and prenatal vitamin use.

The researchers also examined 135 infants and found that 21.6 percent of them had enamel defects and 33.6 percent had early childhood tooth decay. Mothers of infants with enamel defects had lower, but not significantly different, mean vitamin D concentrations during pregnancy than mothers of infants without enamel defects.

Mothers of infants with early childhood tooth decay had significantly lower vitamin D levels than mothers of cavity-free infants. Infants with enamel defects were significantly more likely to have early childhood tooth decay, the researchers said.

The study, expected to be presented July 4 at the General Session of the International Association for Dental Research, in Toronto, is the first to show that pregnant women's vitamin D levels may affect the dental health of their infants.

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers advice about caring for your baby's teeth.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: International & American Associations for Dental Research, news release, July 4, 2008

Last Updated: July 04, 2008

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