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Sunshine vitamin may treat asthma

A snowboarder is propelled by the wind as he uses a kite to glide on a snow covered field during bright sunshine near Ebersbach, Germany on Dec. 2. Experienced snowkiters can achieve speeds of up to 70 km/h.

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The amount of time asthma patients spend soaking up the sun may have an impact on the illness, researchers have suggested.

A team at King’s College London said low levels of vitamin D, which is made by the body in sunlight, was linked to a worsening of symptoms.

Its latest research shows the vitamin calms an over-active part of the immune system in asthma. Treating patients with vitamin D, however, has not yet been tested.

People with asthma can find it hard to breathe when their airways become inflamed, swollen and narrowed. Most people are treated with steroids, but the drugs do not work for all.

(Liberty Times)







1. soak up v. phr.

吸收 (xi1 shou1)

例: I tried to soak up most of the spilled milk with a cloth.


2. inflamed adj.

發炎的 (fa1 yan2 de5)

例: You should call the doctor if the area around the wound becomes inflamed.


3. swollen adj.

腫脹的 (zhong3 zhang4 de5)

例: It was obvious she broke her toe because it was swollen.


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