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Animal study: Vitamin D improves cognitive function and inflammatory markers post-surgery

Posted on: July 5, 2014   by  Will Hunter


A study from the journal Inflammation shows that, in mice, vitamin D preserves the cognitive functioning after surgery by regulating certain components of their immune system.

Postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) is a short-term decline in cognitive function following surgery, lasting anywhere from two days to a few weeks. The mechanisms behind this decline remain largely unknown, however inflammation likely plays an important role.

Previous research in mice suggests that POCD may be caused by surgically-induced inflammation, particularly in the hippocampus which is the part of the brain that plays a crucial role in processing memories.

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3 Responses to Animal study: Vitamin D improves cognitive function and inflammatory markers post-surgery

  1. Ian

    Nice study, well summarized, thanks Will

  2. Will Hunter

    Thanks Ian.

    I appreciate the feedback.

  3. hlahore@gmail.com

    There are also many human studies linking poor cognition (after surgery, after chemo, after aging, after trauma) with low vitamin D

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