Study supports link between hygiene, IBD

08/4/2008 | Reuters

The so-called hygiene hypothesis is not new but theorizes that children exposed to few viruses and bacteria may have higher risks of abnormal reactions due to poor immune system development, which could increase their risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease. A new study found children living in rural areas -- deemed less hygienic than urban settings -- and those with multiple siblings had lower rates of IBD.

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