Does Vitamin C in Sepsis Live Up to the Hype?

Welcome to Impact Factor, you’re weekly dose of commentary on a new medical study. I’m Dr. F. Perry Wilson. When it comes to sepsis and septic shock, docs are used to disappointment. When I was training, the new hotness was stress-dose steroids and dual coverage for Gram negatives. Then Rivers’ early goal-directed therapy, then activated …

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Low Vitamin D Levels At Birth Linked to Schizophrenia in Adulthood

Low Vitamin D Levels At Birth Linked to Schizophrenia in Adulthood

Welcome to Impact Factor, your weekly commentary on the most interesting new medical studies. This week – a study appearing in Nature Scientific Reports strongly suggests a link between Vitamin D levels at birth, and the subsequent risk of schizophrenia. European countries with their decades-long data collection on the entire population make great settings for …

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Vitamin D, Fish Oil Don’t Prevent Kidney Disease in Diabetes

Vitamin D, Fish Oil Don’t Prevent Kidney Disease in Diabetes

Welcome to Impact Factor, your weekly dose of commentary on a new medical study, I’m Dr. F. Perry Wilson. It was Kidney Week – the annual meeting of the American Society of Nephrology last week and 14,000 practitioners descended on the nations capital to discuss the latest developments in the field. So it is in …

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Parents are Refusing Vitamin K Shots for Their Newborns. It’s a Terrible Idea.

This is Vitamin K. Vitamin K is a friendly, fat-soluble vitamin. Without it, your blood will stop clotting and you die. You can find vitamin K in all sorts of good things, like kale and other green leafy vegetables and some gross things like liver. You can also find Vitamin K in this form: This …

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Vitamin Supplements are a Waste of Money

Vitamin Supplements are a Waste of Money

Welcome to Impact Factor, your weekly morsel of commentary on a new medical study, I’m Perry Wilson. This week – how do you tell what a nephrologist thinks of vitamins? Don’t worry, they’ll let you know. Yes nephrons like me are fond of telling people that taking vitamins give you expensive pee, but it’s nice …

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Science: Vitamins and Supplements Don’t Work

Science: Vitamins and Supplements Don’t Work

Welcome to Impact Factor, your weekly dose of commentary on a new medical study, I’m Dr. F. Perry Wilson. Thirty billion dollars. That’s how much Americans spend every year on vitamins and supplements, and according to the most comprehensive analysis of their effects, most of that money is being wasted. The “umbrella review”, appearing in …

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