Whether dietary supplementation with vitamin D is beneficial, in terms of preventing disease, has been controversial. However, vitamin D has been reported to increaseÂ immune cellsâ€™ production of microbe-fighting proteins. That’s why Emory doctorsÂ have been testing whether high doses of vitamin D couldÂ be helpful for critical care patients, who need to ward off infections.
The results of a small-scale clinical trial, presented in Denver this week at the American Thoracic Society meeting, suggest thatÂ high doses of vitamin D could decrease the length of hospital stays in critically ill patients with respiratory failure. Read more