Sunlight Deprivation Blamed for Some Illnesses in Elderly

From Times staff and wire reports

Elderly people stuck at home and deprived of sunlight may suffer a previously unrecognized vitamin D deficiency, causing bone loss, pain and weakness, according to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. Sitting by a sunny window won't help, said the report from Union Memorial Hospital's division of geriatrics in Baltimore, because glass filters out a part of ultraviolet light needed to produce the vitamin on the skin.

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