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Sunshine vitamin may treat asthma
陽光維他命或能治療氣喘

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.
一位滑雪者十二月二日在德國埃伯斯巴赫附近一片白雪覆蓋的場地,在陽光下由風箏引導並由風驅動滑行。有經驗的風箏滑雪者滑行速度可高達每小時七十公里。

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照片:歐新社

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)

氣喘病患浸沐在太陽下的時間量,可能對病人的病情有影響,研究人員表示。

倫敦國王學院研究團隊說,身體接收陽光製造出維他命D,而低維他命D量,可能與氣喘症狀惡化相關。

他們的最新研究顯示,維他命可鎮定氣喘時免疫系統過度活躍的部分。然而,以維他命D治療病患迄今未經測試。

有氣喘病的人在氣管發炎、腫脹與收縮時,可能會呼吸困難。多數患者接受類固醇治療,但類固醇並非對每個人都有效。

(自由時報/翻譯:自由時報國際新聞中心)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. soak up v. phr.

吸收 (xi1 shou1)

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

(我試著拿布把灑出來的大部分牛奶吸乾。)

2. inflamed adj.

發炎的 (fa1 yan2 de5)

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

(若傷口附近發炎,你就該看醫生。)

3. swollen adj.

腫脹的 (zhong3 zhang4 de5)

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

(很明顯她腳趾受傷了,因為它已腫起。)


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