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The World in Medicine
April 8, 1998

Vitamin K Supplements

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JAMA. 1998;279(14):1058. doi:10.1001/jama.279.14.1058-JWM80001-5-1

Vitamin K should be considered in the growing list of micronutrients being added to foods to prevent deficiency diseases in children of poor nations, according to a new report.

In the February issue of the American Journal of Public Health, researchers from Brazil and the United States recommend that vitamin K supplementation in foods and possibly in BCG vaccine should be investigated to prevent severe hemorrhagic disease in newborns in the least developed nations. Severe hemorrhagic disease has a case fatality rate of 14%, but about 40% of infants who survive have long-term neurologic handicaps, the researchers noted.