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Maternal Vitamin D Deficiency

Last Updated on Sunday, August 01, 2010

Vitamin D and Microchimerisms:

Could the sun really have something to do with preeclampsia?
"Maternal vitamin D deficiency may be an independent risk factor for preeclampsia. Vitamin D supplementation in early pregnancy should be explored for preventing preeclampsia and promoting neonatal well-being," reads a paper published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism in 2007. Although some of us who had our babies in, say, Portland, Oregon, where the sun rarely shines, would love to claim Vitamin D deficiency, other preeclampsia survivors sweltered under the Arizona or California sun. If you think this might be a possible therapy to explore, talk to your health care professional and check out the discussions in our Community Forum on this topic.

Micro-what?
Researchers have found that women with preeclampsia, which causes high blood pressure in late pregnancy and can kill both mother and child, had five times the microchimerism of healthy women. Fetal cells, it turned out, are complex characters. A chimera is an organism with DNA from different sources, which of course is what fetal cells are, since their DNA derives from both mother and father. Read the article, The Yin-Yang Factor, published in Stanford Medicine Magazine, if you weren't already convinced that preeclampsia is a really complex disease.

Patent issued for preeclampsia diagnostic test
press release from Miraculins announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued US Patent 7,754,495 entitled "Methods for Early Diagnosing of an Increased Risk of Preeclampsia." Previous issues of Expectations discussed this company's development of a diagnostic marker for preeclampsia.

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