Could probiotics prevent childhood asthma?
OK, that’s a leap, but it is one of the hypotheses researchers will test following the results of a new study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.
Studies show that babies who were NOT breastfed, who WERE born cesarean or who WERE given antibiotics in the first year of life are all more likely to develop childhood asthma.
The common denominator is the lack of exposure to certain helpful bacteria that is present in breastmilk and in the vaginal canal.
Researchers have now identified four types of helpful bacteria specifically linked to asthma. The hope is that the findings will enable researchers to develop a test—and possibly a cure—for childhood asthma.
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Scientists have linked the dearth of four types of gut bacteria to asthma, the respiratory disease that has risen explosively in the past 50 years and afflicts up to a fifth of children in Western countries.