David R Fraser

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Hypovitaminosis D may be associated with diabetes, hypertension and CHD. However, because studies examining the associations of all three chronic conditions with circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) and 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (1,25(OH)(2)D) are limited, we examined these associations in the US Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian (PLCO) Cancer(More)
Vitamin D status, measured as serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) concentration, is determined by rates of input and of degradation. The half-life of 25OHD is surprisingly long for a steroid and much longer than its blood transporter, vitamin D binding protein. There is some evidence to suggest that vitamin D itself is stored in fat, whereas 25OHD(More)
Vitamin D-deficiency rickets is an important disease of childhood in China. It occurs in all regions (20-53 degrees N) but is more prevalent in the north. A survey in Beijing indicated that Vitamin D-deficiency (plasma 25(OH)D concentration <12.5 nmol/l) occurred in more than 40% of adolescent girls in winter. Dietary calcium was often as low as 350 mg per(More)
Known determinants of vitamin D status (measured in serum as 25(OH)Dnmol/L) are exposure to sunlight and intake of vitamin D, either from foods or vitamin supplements. Recently, low vitamin D status in East Asian Australian immigrants has been reported. Thus the aim of this study was to investigate associations with vitamin D status in East Asian Australian(More)
The quantitative role of different segments of the gastrointestinal tract for Ca absorption, the respective mechanisms, and their regulation are not fully identified for ruminants, that is, cattle. In different in vitro experiments the forestomach wall has been demonstrated to be a major site for active Ca absorption in sheep and goats. In order to further(More)
It has recently been demonstrated that prepartum administered 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 (25-OHD3) is a promising candidate to assist the maintenance of peripartal calcium homeostasis in dairy cows. Since the incidence of peripartal hypocalcemia and the reported beneficial effects of the treatment are both associated with the lactation number, we investigated(More)
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