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Study: 1 in 5 kids lacking vitamin D

October 26, 2009|Times Wire Reports

At least 1 in 5 U.S. children aged 1 to 11 don't get enough vitamin D and could be at risk for a variety of health problems including weak bones, a national analysis suggests.

By a looser measure, almost 90% of black children that age and 80% of Latino kids could be vitamin D deficient -- "astounding numbers" that should serve as a call to action, said Dr. Jonathan Mansbach, lead author of the analysis and a researcher at Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Boston.

The analysis was released online today by the journal Pediatrics.

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