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National Jewish Expert Says Bacteria By-Product Found In Household Dust May Protect Infants From Asthma Later In Life

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May 12, 2000
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National Jewish Medical And Research Center
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Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but National Jewish Medical and Research Center researchers say that a little dust and dirt in the home may help prevent asthma later in life.

DENVER -- Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but National Jewish Medical and Research Center researchers say that a little dust and dirt in the home may help prevent asthma later in life. Environmental endotoxin may have an allergy-protective effect in some infants whose homes have high levels of the bacteria by-product. “Endotoxin seems to drive the immune system to produce cytokines that inhibit certain processes in the body that may lead to asthma,” said Andy Liu, M.D., a National Jewish childhood asthma specialist and principal author of the article today’s issue of The Lancet.


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