A new study out in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that growing up around farm animals could help prevent Asthma in children. The study compared Amish children who grew up close to their live stock (cows, horses, etc.) versus Hutterite children who had little interaction with live stock. The study found Amish children to have no presence of Asthma, versus the Hutterite children who showed signs of Asthma.
Most of all, researchers found was that Amish children are exposed to dust that contains bacteria. Overtime, their exposure to dust around the farm helped build their immune system protecting them from Asthma.
Although this is early stage research, this new evidence suggests that researchers may be able to find a solution to prevent the onset of Asthma in children in the near future.
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