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Vitamin D and Prevention of Cancer - Ready for Prime Time?

Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA.
New England Journal of Medicine (Impact Factor: 54.42). 03/2011; 364(15):1385-7. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1102022
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ABSTRACT Given that the potential role of vitamin D in cancer prevention has been widely touted, many people were surprised that cancer-related considerations didn't figure prominently in the new Dietary Reference Intakes for vitamin D established by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).(1) An IOM committee on which we served, charged with determining the population needs for vitamin D in North America, reviewed the evidence linking vitamin D with both skeletal and nonskeletal health outcomes. The committee concluded that vitamin D plays an important role in bone health and that the evidence provides a sound basis for determining the population's needs. For . . .

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