Vitamin A Deficiency: Health, Survival, and Vision / Edition 1

Vitamin A Deficiency: Health, Survival, and Vision / Edition 1

by Alfred Sommer, Keith P. West, James A. Olson, A. Catherine Ross
     
 

Many studies over the past decade and a half have indicated that vitamin A status is an important determinant of health. The World Bank now estimates that vitamin A intervention programs are some of the most cost-effective health strategies globally. This new book, written by leading investigators in the field, is the first to synthesize the many important studies

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Many studies over the past decade and a half have indicated that vitamin A status is an important determinant of health. The World Bank now estimates that vitamin A intervention programs are some of the most cost-effective health strategies globally. This new book, written by leading investigators in the field, is the first to synthesize the many important studies to date. The authors identify and quantify the biological, clinical and public health impact of vitamin A deficiency on childhood growth, mortality and morbidity, including anemia and blindness. They deal with the epidemiologic and biological basis of these findings, and with the prevention and treatment of these disorders, particularly of measles, diarrhea and xeorophthalmia. Alternative approaches to identifying individuals and populations in need of intervention, alternative strategies for improving vitamin A and carotenoids, and the relationship between vitamin A and immunity are discussed. This comprehensive volume on a critically important and widespread nutritional deficiency will serve as a unique resource for nutritionists, physicians, public health workers and policy makers, and will be especially relevant to clinicians and researchers in international health.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195088243
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.75(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.02(d)

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Table of Contents

I: Introduction
1. Background
II: Consequences of Vitamin A Deficiency
2. Child Survival
3. Infectious Morbidity
4. Xerophthalmia and Keratomalacia
5. Anemia and Iron Metabolism
6. Growth
III: Mechanisms
7. Contributory and Precipitating Events
8. Biochemistry of Vitamin A and Carotenoids
9. The Relationship between Immunocompetence and Vitamin A Status
IV: Treatment
10. Treatment of Vitamin A Deficiency and Xerophthalmia
V: Assessment and Prevention
11 Ic Assessment of Vitamin A Status.
12. Epidemiology of Deficiency
13. Dietary Intervention
14. Supplementation
15. Fortification of Dietary Items with Vitamin A

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