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How cats and cows protect farm children from asthma | ScienceDaily

How cats and cows protect farm children from asthma | ScienceDaily

It is a known fact that microbes on farms protect children from asthma and allergies. But even non-microbial molecules can have a protective effect: Immunologists from the University of Zurich have shown that a sialic acid found in farm animals is effective against inflammation of lung tissue. This study opens up a wide variety of perspectives for the prevention of allergies.

More and more people suffer from allergies and asthma. In the past decades, these diseases have massively increased in industrialized countries. Today, about 30 percent of children have allergies — with the exception of farm children. Among farm children, the disease is increasing less dramatically than in the case of their friends who live in the same village…

Source: How cats and cows protect farm children from asthma — ScienceDaily