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THUMB-SUCKING, AMISH AND THE HYGIENE HYPOTHESIS

FCAAIA Notes: I guess this explains my good non-allergic fortune….I was both a finger sucker and nail biter and here I am without allergies! But seriously, advocates of the hygiene hypothesis never claimed it was the only reason for the … Continue reading

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THUMB-SUCKING: CAN IT PREVENT FUTURE ALLERGIES?

FCAAIA Notes: I only posted this article because I thought the idea of the study was an interesting concept.  I think the results fall into the “You never really know, do you?”

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FURRY PETS ‘ENRICH’ GUT BACTERIA OF INFANTS AT RISK FOR ALLERGIES

FCAAIA Notes: So much to learn about the human microbiome, the Hygiene Hypothesis, and endotoxin! I have published many articles about these “hot topics” in allergy and immunology, including another one today (Classroom Airborne Endotoxin Levels Lead To Increased Asthma … Continue reading

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CLASSROOM AIRBORNE ENDOTOXIN LEVELS LEAD TO INCREASED ASTHMA SYMPTOMS

FCAAIA Notes: Endotoxin is everywhere.  The word endotoxin doesn’t sound so bad until you realize that endotoxin comes from fecal (animal and human) bacterial cell walls.  It is highest in homes with pets, in farm homes, in buildings with a … Continue reading

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VACCINATION PROTECTS CHILDREN AGAINST ALLERGIC DISEASE

FCAAIA Notes: The “hygiene hypothesis” about which I have written, does not apply to childhood vaccines. Rather, it addresses the effects of mild infections and exposure to a diffuse variety of germs on the developing immune system. It is unfortunate … Continue reading

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ASTHMA RISK UP WITH EARLY ANTIBIOTIC USE

FCAAIA Notes: This article highlights the significant association between use of oral antibiotics in infancy and the risk for having asthma by 7 years old. Importantly, the authors remind us that it is not the antibiotics themselves that lead to … Continue reading

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EARLY PET EXPOSURE MAY HELP KIDS AVOID ALLERGY

FCAAIA Notes: Well, this is another chicken/egg question, isn’t it? Are families with allergies less likely to have pets in the first place, making their children less likely to grow up with a pet? Or, does the presence of pets … Continue reading

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PRENATAL OR EARLY LIFE EXPOSURE TO ANTIBIOTICS AND RISK OF CHILDHOOD ASTHMA: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW

FCAAIA Notes: Studies such as these are often difficult to interpret. Is it the chicken or the egg? That is, are children and their parents who need antibiotics more likely to have or be prone to having allergic diseases including … Continue reading

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