Yi Li, B.Sc., and Herb E. Schellhorn, Ph.D.
Y. Li is a graduate student and Dr. Schellhorn is Professor, Department of Biology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Within the past 12 months, Y. Li and H.E. Schellhorn report no conflicts of interest or competing interests.
Estimated course time: 1 hour(s).
Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Montefiore Medical Center designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center and InterMDnet. Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Montefiore Medical Center is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Upon completion of this Cyberounds®, you should be able to:
Discuss the genetic cause for vitamin C deficiency in humans and why dietary vitamin C intake levels should be determined on an individual basis
Discuss the reason why the loss of vitamin C producing-ability might have been beneficial in human evolution
Identify individuals for whom vitamin C supplementation may pose health risk
Discuss why vitamin C, especially when taken large quantities, is poorly absorbed and stored by the body
Describe the relationship between the effective serum concentrations of vitamin C and the therapeutic values of this vitamin in cancer and cardiovascular disease.