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Vitamin D supplements do not prevent disease, says new research

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A recent study published in the British Medical Journal has revealed there is no evidence that Vitamin D actually works.

The findings came from a study conducted by researchers at the University of Aberdeen and University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Vitamin D supplementation alone, the authors said, does not prevent disease.

“We conclude current evidence does not support the use of vitamin D supplementation to prevent disease,” said Mark Bolland, a professor from Auckland.

The researchers argued in the article that people at risk of a vitamin D deficiency should be urged to get exposed to sunlight and offered low dose supplements.

Those who are not at risk of a deficiency, they stressed, should eat a healthy and balanced diet and get regular short bursts of sunlight.

The researchers advised that only people with severe vitamin D deficiency may benefit from taking supplements.

Vitamin D is a group of compounds in the human body that’s responsible for increasing intestinal absorption of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphate, and zinc.

It is a fat-soluble vitamin which belongs to compounds that include vitamins D-1, D-2, and D-3.

Vitamin D is essential for bone and muscle health, and its deficiency can lead to bone deformities such as rickets in children and osteomalacia (a condition which results in bone pain and tenderness) in adults.

The biggest source of vitamin D is sunlight and it can also be found in foods such as eggs yolks, oily fish,  cereals among others.

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Zimbawe’s doctor goes missing after masterminding strike

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Fearless Zimbabwe’s minister of health has called on the government to address insecurity lapses that has lead to the disappearance Peter Magombeyi, the head of a doctor’s union, who disappeared on Saturday.

Fears are rising over the fate of Zimbabwe medical doctor Dr Peter Magombeyi after he sent a message to say he had been abducted in that country by unknown persons – apparently for demanding a “living wage”.

An AFP report earlier on Sunday quoted the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctor’s Association (ZHDA) as saying Magombeyi had not been heard from since he sent a WhatsApp message on Saturday night saying he had been “kidnapped by three men”.

Zimbabwe doctors, who earn a miserly equivalent of about R3 000 are on strike to press for better wages, equipment and medicines in state hospitals.

The ZHDA has reportedly accused state security forces of abducting the doctor because of his role in organising work stoppages.

This week some doctors said the death of deposed Robert Mugabe, 95, in a Singapore hospital on 6 September was an indication of how bad health services in Zimbabwe

“Dr Magombeyi’s crime is only to ask for a living wage for his profession. This is a reflection of the troubles born out of refusal to implement Political Reforms.”

The Zimbabwe government led by Emmerson Mnangagwa has not publicly commented on the doctor’s disappearance

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Turkey: Group calls for immediate action against Femicide

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Emine Dirican, a beautician from Istanbul, tried to be a good wife. But her husband hated that she worked, that she socialized, even that she wanted to leave the house sometimes without him.

She tried to reason with him. He lashed out.

“One time, he tied me — my hands, my legs from the back, like you do to animals,” recalls Dirican, shuddering. “He beat me with a belt and said, ‘You’re going to listen to me, you’re going to obey whatever I say to you.’ “

She left him and moved in with her parents. In January, he showed up, full of remorse and insisting he had changed. She let him in.

In her mother’s kitchen, he grabbed her by the hair, threw her to the floor and pulled out a gun.

“He shot me,” she says. “Then he went back to my mom and he pulled the trigger again, but the gun was stuck. So he hit her head with the back of the gun.”

Her father, who was in another room in the house, heard the gunshots and ran over. Dirican almost bled to death after a bullet ripped through a main artery in one of her legs.

“I was telling my father, ‘Daddy, please, I don’t want to die.’ “

Femicide — killing women because of their gender — is a longstanding issue in Turkey. Nearly 300 women have been killed so far this year, according to the Istanbul-based advocacy group We Will Stop Femicide, which has been tracking gender-related deaths since Turkish authorities stopped doing so in 2009.

Source Npr news

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