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Sunshine vitamin may help treat tuberculosis
陽光維他命可能有助治療結核病

The sun’s rays pass through the camphor tree forest and the outdoor seating area of San Tend Coffee Restaurant in Tongsiao Township, Miaoli County on May 20 last year.
這張五月二十日攝於苗栗縣通霄鎮的照片,是穿越一片樟樹林並照射在上田咖啡戶外座位區的太陽光線。

Photo: Lin Ya-ti, Taipei Times
照片:台北時報記者林亞蒂

Vitamin D could help the body fight infections of deadly tuberculosis (TB), according to doctors in London. A study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed patients recovered more quickly when given both the vitamin and antibiotics.

The idea of using vitamin D to treat TB harks back to some of the earliest treatments for the lung infection. Before antibiotics were discovered, TB patients were prescribed “forced sunbathing,” known as heliotherapy, which increased vitamin D production.

However, the treatment disappeared when antibiotics proved successful at treating the disease.

This study on 95 patients, conducted at hospitals across London, combined antibiotics with vitamin D pills. It showed that recovery was almost two weeks faster when vitamin D was added. Patients who stuck to the regimen cleared the infection in 23 days on average, while it took patients 36 days if they were given antibiotics and a placebo.

(Liberty Times)

根據倫敦醫師,維生素D或有助於身體對抗致命的傳染性結核病。美國《國家科學院院刊》刊登的研究顯示,結核病患接受維生素加抗生素治療,可以較快恢復。

使用維生素D治療結核(TB),類似早期針對這種肺部感染病的一些治療方式。在發現抗生素之前,醫師通常會給肺結核病患「強迫曬太陽」的處方,這也就是增加維生素D製造的所謂日光療法。

但這種療法在抗生素證明可成功治療肺結核之後就不復存在。

這份研究結合抗生素與維生素D藥丸,針對倫敦各地多所醫院的九十五名病患。研究結果顯示,治療納入維生素D,病患復元速度快差不多兩週,堅守這種治療方式的病患平均二十三天擺脫這種傳染病,如果病患接受的是抗生素加無藥效的糖藥丸,恢復要花三十六天。

(自由時報/翻譯:自由時報國際新聞中心)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. hark back to sth v. phr.

與過去某事類似 (yu3 guo4 qu4 mo3 shi4 lei4 si4)

例: The director’s latest film harks back to the early years of cinema.

(這位導演的最新電影與早年的影片類似。)

2. stick to v. phr.

堅守 (jian1 shou3)

例: If you make a promise, you should stick to it.

(如果你做出承諾,就要遵守。)

3. regimen n.

養生法;飲食 (yang3 sheng1 fa3; yin3 shi2)

例: After his heart attack the doctor put him on a strict regimen.

(他心臟病發之後,醫師讓他遵守嚴格飲食。)


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