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Frank Hovis

Rickets - blame the weather

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British weather is responsible for a staggering rise in the number of children suffering from rickets, research shows. Scientists believe an almost 50 percent increase is down to a lack of vitamin D from sunlight and calcium.

Rickets is caused by a deficiency of vitamin D, and causes leg bones to soften and bend under the weight of the body, resulting in deformities. Cases of children under the age of 15 being admitted to hospital for rickets have almost doubled since the 1990s.

University of Toronto scientists found that cases jumped from 0.56 per 100,000 among British kids in 1997 to 1.01 in 2011. The researchers have blamed a lack of “sunshine absorption” as a result of rising sea temperatures, which have caused more cloudy days.
Six hours of sun a month is all people need to get the required intake of vitamin D. But the scientists claim that children in the UK have only been exposed to an average four hours per month since the mid-1990s.

Haris Majeed, who was behind the study published in Scientific Reports, said no one ever thought the sun could be responsible for the increase in rickets.

“Climatologists knew that the UK receives lower summer sunshine than other parts of the world, but no one ever thought of the effect it had on specific health implications, such as rickets,” he said.

“Sea surface temperatures are getting warmer over the North Atlantic, and are known to fluctuate every 60 to 80 years,” he added, according to the Daily Mail. 

 

 

https://www.rt.com/uk/414881-british-weather-rickets-vitamin/

 

Right......

So the reason for a higher percentage of children in Britain is global warming.

Rather than the vast increase in the precentage of people with dark pigmented skins who are not adapted to a north European climate?

And "no one ever thought" that low levels of exposure to the sun causes rickets.   Right.......

Crap

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Yea, I get fucked off with this Ricket thing.

Its being used to argue against - NHS 'cuts', child poverty, now global waming FFS.

'Six hours of sun a month is all white people need to get the required intake of vitamin D'

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This is just stupid.  They're falling over themselves to not say what is going on (and that is RT!).  Of course, they'd find it trivially easy to say:

Interestingly, there is a genetic link to vitamin-D absorption.  Around 5% of the UK population have a genes that result in lower vitamin-D absorption (a side-effect of the gene protecting against skin cancer).  The UK is leading the world in developing a test for this gene so that vitamin-D supplements can be targeted  where they're needed.

Or:

The clever piece of equipment measures the relative absorption of the skin to light of two different wavelengths -- this then recommends a supplemental dose of vitamin D for the individual.  

 

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1 minute ago, dgul said:

This is just stupid.  They're falling over themselves to not say what is going on (and that is RT!).  Of course, they'd find it trivially easy to say:

Interestingly, there is a genetic link to vitamin-D absorption.  Around 5% of the UK population have a genes that result in lower vitamin-D absorption (a side-effect of the gene protecting against skin cancer).  The UK is leading the world in developing a test for this gene so that vitamin-D supplements can be targeted  where they're needed.

 

 

Oh, I feel my Nobel prize is on the way.

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14 minutes ago, One percent said:

Might it have something to do with being swathed is black cloth too?  o.O

My wife had vitamin d deficiency. Not helped by the weather in norn iron. Doctors said there was an increase in cases with foreigners because of how they dressed.

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2 minutes ago, NewryH said:

My wife had vitamin d deficiency. Not helped by the weather in norn iron. Doctors said there was an increase in cases with foreigners because of how they dressed.

Ah, now I understand why the ladies up north wear so few clothes :D

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