Reason why farm kids develop fewer allergies explained – Medical Xpress


Scientists have discovered why growing up on a farm might protect children from developing allergies. Using studies in both mice and humans, they found that exposure to farm dust increases expression of a protective protein that suppresses the inflammatory immune system by modifying the communication between the lining of the lungs and the immune system. The findings are presented today at the Joint Congress of the British and Dutch Societies for Immunology, taking place in Liverpool, UK.

Rates of allergies are increasing in the UK and Europe, with approximately one in four people suffering from a seasonal allergy, such as hay fever or allergic asthma; however, the reasons behind this are unclear. We know that children growing up on…


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