The “hygiene hypothesis” movement is coming to Cheesehead Country. Or Badger Country. Or whatever the preferred term it. A new study is launching in Wisconsin that will compare city-raised babies with farm-raised babies, to compare the health experiences and the immune system activity between the two groups of babies. Researchers will be particularly interested allergies, [...]
Another “hygiene hypothesis” news story is making the rounds. This time it’s an ABC News story of a farm family in New York state whose kids and parents don’t ever seem to get sick.
As has been covered on this blog for a long time now, it’s called the hygiene hypothesis, or as I [...]
Scientists think they may have identified a cell–transforming growth factor beta or TGF-B–which gives out signals that inhibit cell communication needed to produce natural killer cells in babies. Hence, babies possess a weak immune system during their formative years. Absence of this TGF-B signaling in infant mice led to growth of NK cells in mice [...]
The “hygiene hypothesis” proffers that infants and toddlers exposed to basic bacteria and dust/dander/pollen in their home environment may end up with a much healthier immune system that lasts for most of their life. If they are born on a farm and spend time outside among the crops and animals when they are young, they [...]
More evidence supporting the “hygiene hypothesis.” Researchers are studying why Amish children in rural northern Indiana suffer significantly less asthma and allergy conditions than kids in general.
In fact, this group of farm kids is exhibiting even fewer allergy/asthma conditions than Swiss farm kids, who have been observed over the years as nearly allergy free. [...]
The hygiene hypothesis–or as I like to call it, the hygiene paradox–has received some additional scientific support with the release of a Danish study of 411 children whose mothers have asthma.
The pardox is this: We want to keep babies and young kids–whose immune systems are weak and still forming–free of germs and viruses, so [...]
Here’s my periodic update on some Twitter activity on immune health that I find interesting enough to summarize here.:
@napernurse (Dawn McKinney) tweeted about some good medical advice that connects lack of sleep with immune dysregulation and inflammation in the body. Inflammation is the root of all things evil, right?
Don’t let the title of the journal send you running for the hills. It’s “R&D”. As in drug and bioscience research and development. However, yesterday, this journal posted a short piece online describing some new research involving auto-immune conditions and Crohn’s disease, and how out-of-balance immune function may play a big role in [...]
Brushing my teeth this morning, I heard this NPR story on colds. The story’s reporter was posing the question: why do some people catch everything that’s going around and other people can go the whole year unscathed? Especially when these people may live in the same home. The story interviewed medical experts who collectively postulated [...]