Farm life reduces risk of asthma for children

04/30/2010 | Medscape (free registration)

A Swedish study showed children who grew up on farms were less likely to have asthma for reasons that fall in line with the "hygiene hypothesis," which says bacteria exposure regulates immune system development and reduces the risk of allergies. Researchers said the study raises the question of how much urbanization has contributed to the increase in asthma.

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