Salmonella Infection Mitigates Asthma
Researchers from Germany have identified the mechanism by which Salmonella infections can reduce the incidence of asthma in mice. The research, which appears ahead of print in the American Society for Microbiology journal Infection and Immunity, opens up new avenues of research that could lead to treatments.
Incidence of allergies has climbed dramatically in recent years. A leading theory, the “hygiene hypothesis,” posits that this surge results from the modern western obsession with cleanliness, which is leaving immune systems inexperienced and improperly developed. Earlier research had suggested that there is a reduced incidence of asthma in children who have been infected with Salmonella.
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