Pregnant Women Sought for Research into Vitamin D

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AUSTRALIAN researchers are calling on expecting women for a study on the effect of vitamin D during pregnancy.

Queensland University of Technology paediatrician Yue Wu said previous studies had found 15% of mothers-to-be were vitamin D deficient.

Vitamin D protects pregnant women from hypertension and pre-eclampsia, Dr Wu said.

And a lack of the vitamin during pregnancy can increase the risk of gestational diabetes and lead to low birth weight.

aEvidence has accumulated that these babies can also run a higher risk of developing asthma and allergic outcomes as a consequence,a Dr Wu said.

Dr Wu is seeking women all around Australia who are more than three months pregnant to complete an online survey at http://www.cresunandhealth.org.au/engage.

Docs struggling with Parkinson's

AUSTRALIAN GPs have significant gaps in their knowledge of the diagnosis and management of Parkinson's disease, a new study suggests.

Almost 170 doctors in NSW and the ACT were tested on their knowledge of symptoms of the disease and asked how to manage the condition.

The study, in the Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, found the average score was about 50% in assessment of both motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease and both drug and non-drug management.

But when the doctors were reassessed after taking part in educational seminars conducted by Parkinson's Australia, their scores improved, with the average rising over 20%.

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