Fighting infections with vitamin D

Nature Medicine (Impact Factor: 28.05). 05/2006; 12(4):388-90. DOI: 10.1038/nm0406-388
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ABSTRACT Sunlight can treat tuberculosis, a phenomenon observed more than a century ago. The mechanism now becomes more clear, and it involves induction of a microbe-fighting peptide by vitamin D.

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