Breathing easy: farm upbringing best defence against allergies

Protection against allergies and asthma in children who grow up on farms extends into their adulthood and may be linked to other health benefits, a new study reveals. A long-running international analysis, led by Australian researchers, also found that women who lived on farms as small children had stronger lungs than those raised inner city. Dust from dairy farms could be the key to an asthma vaccine. Photo: Louie Douvis The research published in The BMJ‘s Thorax journal today studied more than 10,000 participants aged 26 – 54, from 14 centres around the world, including about 500 Australians. Their lung strength and sensitivity to allergens was tested and they were…
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