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Experts study lactose intolerance

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - Experts say lactose intolerance is one of the most misunderstood and least researched conditions.  Lactose is the sugar found in cow's milk.

Only northern europeans and their descendants usually retain the ability to digest it properly. Most others lose that ability after infancy.

A panel of experts convened this week at a National Institutes of Health conference to discuss the issue.

Doctors say people who assume they are intolerant are missing out on vital calcium and vitamin D.

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