Clinical Trends for December 2016

Ryan Syrek


December 23, 2016

Each week, we identify one top search term, speculate as to what caused its popularity, and provide an infographic on a related condition. If you have thoughts about what's trending and why, feel free to share them with us on Twitter or Facebook!

Clinical Trend of the Week (December 17-23): Vitamin D

A new study about vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy is responsible for this week's top search term. Researchers at the University of Queensland's Queensland Brain Institute determined that pregnant women with low vitamin D levels at 20 weeks' gestation were more likely to have children with autistic traits by age six years. The study included approximately 4200 blood samples from pregnant women and their children. The findings suggest that vitamin D supplementation in at-risk women may reduce the prevalence of this risk factor. No doubt, a potential means to prevent autism resulted in the increased popularity in this week's top term.

For more information on autism, read here.


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