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Zinc and infection: a review

Cuevas, Luis ORCID: and Koyanagi, A. (2005) 'Zinc and infection: a review'. Annals of Tropical Paediatrics, Vol 25, Issue 3, pp. 149-160.

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Dietary zinc deficiency is widespread in developing countries and is often aggravated by intercurrent acute and chronic infections. Recent studies have demonstrated that zinc supplementation can significantly reduce the morbidity and mortality of apparently well-nourished children and shorten the time to recovery from acute infectious diseases. This review summarises current knowledge of the role of zinc in childhood diarrhoea, acute respiratory infections and malaria, and its potential role in diseases associated with impaired cellular immunity, namely tuberculosis, lepromatous leprosy and leishmaniasis, and explores avenues for future research.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: randomized controlled-trial protein-energy malnutrition lower respiratory-infection cell-mediated-immunity tnf-alpha treatment c-reactive protein pulmonary tuberculosis lepromatous leprosy acute diarrhea visceral leishmaniasis
Subjects: WS Pediatrics > Child Care. Nutrition. Physical Examination > WS 115 Nutritional requirements. Nutrition disorders
WS Pediatrics > Diseases of Children and Adolescents > General Diseases > WS 200 General works
Faculty: Department: Groups (2002 - 2012) > Child & Reproductive Health Group
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Depositing User: Ms Julia Martin
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2011 10:02
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 13:02


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