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[News item] New Testing Strategy Detects Population-Wide Vitamin, Mineral Deficiencies

Prevalence of vitamin A deficiency. Red is mos...

Prevalence of vitamin A deficiency. Red is most severe (clinical), green least severe. Countries not reporting data are coded blue. Source: WHO (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

From the 24 October 2013 ScienceDaily article

 

Johns Hopkins researchers have demonstrated that levels of certain proteins in the bloodstream may be used to estimate levels of essential vitamins and minerals without directly testing for each nutritional factor. The team’s use of a new strategy allowed them to indirectly measure amounts of multiple nutrients in multiple people at the same time, an advance that should make it possible in the future to rapidly detect nutritional deficiencies of an entire population, apply remediation efforts and test their worth within months instead of years.

 

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October 25, 2013 - Posted by | Medical and Health Research News | , ,

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