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Farm living and protection against asthma

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Studies in Europe, North America and Australasia have shown that children brought up on farms are less likely to develop asthma. Factors linked with this protective effect have been exposure to farm animals, hay and unpasteurised milk. Now (Markus J Ege and colleagues. N Eng J Med 2011;364:701–9; see also editorial, ibid: 769–70) the effect …

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