Behind the scenes, many built-in algorithms help maintain participant involvement, research quality data, and help analyze that data for public health applications.
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) January 18, 2014
Published research from GrassrootsHealth in the American Journal of Public Health was included in the 20 top vitamin D papers for 2013.
The selection of the top-20 vitamin D papers released by the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, came from a pool of 3774 papers listed on pubmed.gov as having been published (either in print, or online ahead of print) in 2013 and included vitamin D in the title or abstract. Other selection criteria included the number of citations in other works, as reported by Scholar.Google.com, and the expert opinion of vitamin D researchers.
The GrassrootsHealth paper, “25-hydroxyvitamin D in the range of 20 to 100 ng/mL and incidence of kidney stones,” was published (online ahead of print) in the American Journal of Public Health in October 2013. The paper, one of five observational studies in the top-20 selection, found that serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D in the range of 20-to-100 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml) has no significant association with kidney stone incidence.
Carole Baggerly, director of GrassrootsHealth, responded to the news that their latest research paper had been selected among the best of 2013 with, “We know the work we are doing is important in shaping public health behavior with vitamin D; this recognition brings with it the validation of an entirely new online public access methodology that takes real time, real world data from a worldwide group of individuals to help accelerate the movement of proven research into practice. Behind the scenes, many built-in algorithms help maintain participant involvement, research quality data, and help analyze that data for public health applications.”
Baggerly went on to highlight the importance of all the participants in the GrassrootsHealth D*action program who have their vitamin D levels tested and provide information on a health questionnaire that is used for research. “The public is ready to use proven information to take charge their health, all they've needed has been the tools to make it happen. They have provided the data and the funding to help us create that set of tools.”
Robert Heaney, research director of GrassrootsHealth, and John A. Creighton University Professor and Professor of Medicine, a recognized vitamin D expert with over 400 original vitamin D papers, was also recognized in the top-20 selection for his paper, “Guidelines for optimizing design and analysis of clinical studies of nutrient effects,” published (online ahead of print) in Nutrition Reviews in December 2013.
Baggerly also pointed out that several of the members on the GrassrootsHealth panel of scientists were authors or co-authors on seven other papers on the list. “We really do have the top vitamin D researchers working with us and guiding our efforts, as we take their message to the public. It is very rewarding to be a part of such a powerful group committed to public health.”