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More Dirt Could Mean Less Asthma: Survey

More Dirt Could Mean Less Asthma: Survey

Tuesday, May 2nd 2006

EXPOSING children early in life to dust and other microbial agents could protect them from developing asthma, says a Massey University academic.

Massey epidemiologist Associate Professor Jeroen Douwes said he had tracked 700 Dutch children since before birth and found that the more children were exposed to dust, dirt and microbials, such as bacteria and fungi, as well as pets and farm animals, the greater the odds they would not develop asthma.

"The children who were highly exposed to microbials were 60 per cent less likely to develop asthma in the first four years of life," said Dr Douwes.

The research may bolster the "hygiene hypothesis", which says one reason asthma is rising is that young children no longer come into contact with as many of the germs that arm a maturing immune system against certain allergic conditions.

"This longitudinal study is strong evidence that removing carpets and pets in an effort to reduce the risk of children developing asthma is not effective," said Professor Douwes. "It may make things worse."

Source, New Zealand Herald, 29 April 2006

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