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

Tue, Nov 13, 2012 - Page 10

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)