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Reintroduction of a classic vitamin D ultraviolet source.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17293107     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
As early as 1930 sunlamps claiming to provide ultraviolet (UV) exposure to make vitamin D were sold to the public in the US and Canada for home use. Today even with dietary supplementation of vitamin D many people do not get enough solar UV exposure to maintain sufficient vitamin D levels. There is growing interest in the availability of sunlamps for this purpose. The original Sperti Sunlamp, with label claiming vitamin D benefit was approved by the American Medical Association in 1940 as a sunlamp. This intermediate pressure mercury lamps ultraviolet B emission lines, at 297, 302, and 313 nm are able to convert 7-dehydrocholesterol in the skin to vitamin pre-D3 initiating the natural process of vitamin D formation. Today's KBD Vitamin D lamp, an updated model of the earlier type source. In order to comply with modern safety guidance, the source is filtered to remove unnecessary UVC radiation and is equipped with a timer to control the dose administered. The 5 min timer provides an exposure, at 20 in. from the user's skin, of one standard erythemal dose (SED). The SED represents a suberythemal dose for even the most sensitive skin type I individual.
R M Sayre; J C Dowdy; J G Shepherd
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2007-02-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of steroid biochemistry and molecular biology     Volume:  103     ISSN:  0960-0760     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Steroid Biochem. Mol. Biol.     Publication Date:  2007 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-03-19     Completed Date:  2007-05-11     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9015483     Medline TA:  J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  686-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences, Memphis, TN 38104, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Heliotherapy / history,  instrumentation
History, 20th Century
Lighting / history,  instrumentation*
Skin / radiation effects
Ultraviolet Rays*
Vitamin D / biosynthesis*
Reg. No./Substance:
1406-16-2/Vitamin D

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