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Information on the latest vitamin D news and research.

Find out more information on deficiency, supplementation, sun exposure, and how vitamin D relates to your health.

New research finds vitamin D is associated with risk of early-onset neonatal sepsis

A study from Journal of Perinatology found that lower maternal and neonatal vitamin D levels were related to an increased risk of early-onset neonatal sepsis in infants.

Neonatal sepsis refers to the presence of a bacterial blood stream infection in a newborn infant (neonate). The incidence of neonatal sepsis is between 1 and 8 neonates per 1000 live births. Neonatal sepsis is estimated to cause one million deaths, which equals more than a quarter of newborn deaths worldwide.

Early-onset neonatal sepsis (EOS) is sepsis that occurs in infants in the first seven days of life. It is generally the result of acquiring pathogenic microorganisms from the mother and is characterized by respiratory distress, a swollen belly, and diarrhea.

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  About: Will Hunter

Will is the Program Associate of the Vitamin D council and works on website administration, content production and editing, and fundraising. He is passionate about nutrition, exercise, and technology and how they relate to health and longevity.