More Germs, Less Asthma? Study Shows Babies Exposed to Bacteria and Dander at Less Risk

More Germs, Less Asthma? Study Shows Babies Exposed to Bacteria and Dander at Less Risk

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[THE DAILY BEAST]
Kids living with dust mites, cat dander and cockroaches (ew) suffer fewer allergies and less wheezing—and scientists say the sooner you expose them, the better.

Asthma is one of the most common diseases among children, affecting roughly one in every eleven kids. It’s long been known that poor children living in impoverished city neighborhoods are more likely to suffer from higher rates and worse cases of asthma compared to kids that grow up in higher-income areas or in rural environments—but the causes of the increased risk are still unknown.

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