Can Vitamin D Prevent Cold & Flu?

“PRONE to sniffles? Some vitamin D might help. More than 3 million people in the UK would avoid having colds and flu every year if they took vitamin D supplements. That’s according to an analysis of data from nearly 11,000 people. The analysis used data from 25 clinical trials and found that vitamin D supplements can cut the proportion… Read More


Is Vitamin D3 a Promising Intervention for the Prevention of URTI?

Research Paper Title Vitamin D3 and Gargling for the Prevention of Upper Respiratory Tract Infections: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Background The researchers undertook a 2X2 factorial, randomised controlled trial (RCT) to assess whether vitamin D3supplementation (10,000 international units per week) versus placebo and gargling versus no gargling could prevent viral, clinical upper respiratory tract infection (URTI)… Read More

URTIs & Intense Training: What’s the Impact?

Research Paper Title Intense Training: Mucosal Immunity and Incidence of Respiratory Infections. Background This investigation examined the impact of a multi-stressor situation on salivary immunoglobulin A (sIgA) levels, and incidence of upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) during the French commando training (3 weeks of training followed by a 5-day combat course). Methods For the URTI,… Read More

How Useful Are Medical E-Databases on Deployment?

Research Paper Title Special Operations Task Group Regimental Aid Post Presentation. Background The Australian Defence Force (ADF) Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, is supported by a Primary Health Care Team (PHCT) which provided health care through its Regimental Aid Post (RAP). Purpose To identify and analyse the types of injuries and… Read More