“A McMaster University researcher is part of a team that has developed a more efficient way to screen for vitamin D deficiency that could become a tool in the fight against COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.” [Source: Medicalexpress.com]
In developing this new test, Professor Philip Britz-McKibbin and his colleagues recognized there was a need for a cost-effective and rapid way to assess vitamin D status from a blood sample. Their method was developed with the goal identifying vitamin D deficiency in critically ill children, who would likely benefit from vitamin D supplementation.
In the future, however, researchers envision that home testing could eventually be performed using just a finger pinprick of blood, thus supporting the concept of a personalized health approach and helping ensure optimal vitamin D status in individuals. Such an approach would have the benefit of empowering people to take greater control over their health.
To read how a team at the University of California San Diego has developed a wearable, non-invasive vitamin C sensor that could ultimately provide a new, highly personalized option for people to track their daily micronutrient intake, see this news story on our website.