Vitamin D irradiance in summer shade and sun

Turnbull, David J. and Parisi, Alfio (2010) Vitamin D irradiance in summer shade and sun. Household and Personal Care Today (3 - Su). pp. 4-6. ISSN 2035-4614

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Past research has shown that certain shaded environments (e.g. shade umbrellas, gazebos, patios) can be used to obtain the necessary levels of UV exposure for the synthesis of vitamin D. This paper discusses the levels of solar ultraviolet radiation during summer at specific mid latitudes in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres and how this relates to the physiologic production of vitamin D in the human body. Specifically, the sites of London (UK) and Hobart (Australia) are utilised. It was found that in summer at these mid latitudes vitamin D synthesis could be initiated in as little as 2 minutes in full sun and 6 minutes when in the shade.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2011 11:52
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2014 03:29
Uncontrolled Keywords: vitamin D, shade, UV exposure, skin cancer, UV
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
02 Physical Sciences > 0299 Other Physical Sciences > 029999 Physical Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920405 Environmental Health

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