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To: bgill

I wonder how big a grant these fools are looking for.


8 posted on 09/22/2011 1:22:01 PM PDT by donhunt (Certified and proud "Son of a Bitch".)
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To: donhunt

For one thing, they’re British, so they’re not going to get funded by your taxpayer dollars, don’t worry.

For another, they aren’t fools. They’re doing some important research. Asthma kills a lot of kids (and adults), and the number is growing. It’s a particular problem among black children, and research has been trying to figure out why asthma is turning into a costly epidemic among kids in general and black kids in particular, regardless of socioeconomic class. It appears that they don’t get enough Vitamin D because their darker skin blocks sun absorption, and also because kids in the inner city don’t play outside as much as kids in the country.

Kids with asthma don’t get enough fresh air and sunshine anyway because they often don’t feel well enough to go out and play, and/or they’re reactive to the air pollution, tree/grass/flower pollen, molds, and other allergens or irritants outside. So just sending them out to play solves nothing. They will need big Vitamin D supplements, not just time outside. Demonstrating a link between Vitamin D levels and pediatric asthma is a valuable contribution to medicine.


12 posted on 09/22/2011 2:00:46 PM PDT by ottbmare (off-the-track Thoroughbred mare)
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