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This web site contains new research by Dr. Linday and colleagues on preventing ear infections and other upper respiratory tract infections in young children, using flavored cod liver oil and a multivitamin-mineral with selenium.  Cod liver oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, including eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), as well as vitamins A and D.  EPA is important in decreasing inflammation, and vitamin A is known as the "anti-infective" vitamin.  New research has now linked vitamin D to the body's ability to produce anti-microbial peptides.  Selenium, a trace metal, is a key part of an enzyme that is also involved in decreasing inflammation.


Cod Liver Oil, the Ratio of Vitamins A and D, Frequent Respiratory Tract Infections, and Vitamin D Deficiency in Young Children in the United States.  Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology 2010;119:64-70.

    By Linday LA, Umhau JC, Shindledecker RD, Dolitsky JN, Holick MF.

Commentary on "Breastfeeding Does Not Protect Against Urinary Tract Infection in the First 3 Months of Life, but Vitamin D Supplementation Increases the Risk by 76%."  Clinical Pediatrics 2010;49:93-4.

    By Linday LA, Shindledecker RD, Greer, FR, Holick MF.

Note:  In October 2010, Dr. Linday will be an invited speaker at the American College of Nutrition (ACN) 51st Annual Symposium on Advances in Clinical Nutrition, to be held at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York City. 

IN ADDITION:  Dr. Linday's INTERNATIONAL presentations at the Vth IAPO (Interamerican Association of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology) International Symposium on Pediatric Infectious Diseases in Ear, Nose and Throat; São Paulo, Brazil, October 19-21, 2007.  A Visiting Professorship and a letter to The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.  A book chapter; a submission to WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children); a large study with randomized pediatric sites; pilot work on children with chronic/recurrent sinusitis; and the original paper on blood levels and pilot work on children with ear infections (otitis media).

Due to technical difficulties, Dr. Linday's previous research regarding famotidine (Pepcid®) and autistic spectrum disorders is not currently available.  We regret any inconvenience this may cause. 


The information on this web site is provided for educational purposes only; it is a general reference for healthcare consumers and providers; it is not a prescription for any individual person. It is important that you consult your child’s qualified healthcare provider before implementing any of the research discussed on this web site.

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Updated June 24, 2010