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The World in Medicine
February 11, 1998

Vitamin K Controversy Continues

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JAMA. 1998;279(6):420. doi:10.1001/jama.279.6.420-JWM81008-5-1

Six years after it began publishing studies on whether vitamin K given to newborns increases their risk of childhood cancer, the BMJ has weighed in with 4 new entries that continue the debate.

Intramuscular vitamin K given at birth to prevent bleeding was recommended in 1991 in the United Kingdom. At about the same time, however, an association between vitamin K prophylaxis and childhood cancer was reported. But later studies reported no evidence to support such a link.

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