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Reports from University of Colorado School of Medicine Add New Data to Findings in Psychiatry


By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Mental Health Weekly Digest -- Current study results on Psychiatry have been published. According to news reporting originating in Denver, Colorado, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "The extraskeletal effects of vitamin D have gained increasing attention with the discovery of receptors in a variety of organ systems. Previous work has identified associations between vitamin D insufficiency and a variety of mental illnesses, including affective, cognitive, and psychotic spectrum disorders."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, "We attempted to determine the point prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency among psychiatric inpatients and determine if there was a relationship between vitamin D insufficiency and specific diagnoses and pharmacological treatments. This was a retrospective chart review of all adult patients (NT4) admitted to the psychiatric ward of a community hospital in central Illinois between December, 2010 and June, 2011. The mean vitamin D level on admission was 22.3 ng/mL, with a range of 4-79.2 ng/mL. The incidence of vitamin D insufficiency (defined as levels <30 ng/mL) was 75%. Of those with insufficient levels of vitamin D, only 37% received treatment. Vitamin D insufficiency was not correlated with age, gender, month of admission, length of stay, score on the Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) scale at admission, diagnosis, or psychotropic medication usage. Vitamin D insufficiency is highly prevalent in psychiatric inpatients."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "It is unclear whether this is the result of severe mental illness and resultant social isolation, or if vitamin D has a regulatory role on upstream genes involved in neural networks that influence affect, cognition, and perception."

For more information on this research see: Vitamin D insufficiency in psychiatric inpatients. Journal of Psychiatric Practice, 2013;19(4):296-300. (Lippincott Williams and Wilkins -; Journal of Psychiatric Practice -

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting M. Rylander, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry, Denver Health, 777 Bannock St, Denver, CO 80204, United States (see also Psychiatry).

Keywords for this news article include: Denver, Colorado, Psychiatric, United States, Mental Health, North and Central America.

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