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Commercially available sun lamps and vitamin D formation
  1. M. S. Devgun,
  2. B. E. Johnson,
  3. Alison J. M. Cruickshank,
  4. C. R. Paterson


    Four commercially available, medium pressure mercury sun lamps were used to assess their effects on promoting vitamin D synthesis in the skin. It was found that all the lamps studied had vitamin D synthesizing spectral wavelengths and caused an increase in the serum concentrations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D. However, the ultraviolet and visible irradiance measurements showed that a considerable proportion of the ultraviolet radiation was below 290 nm. It was not surprising, therefore, to find that these lamps caused adverse skin reactions. While a useful rise in vitamin D production can be obtained with these sun lamps, the difficulty involved in avoiding skin reaction limits their usefulness. Such lamps are unlikely to provide a safe practical routine method for the prevention of vitamin D deficiency in the home.

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