Going Green

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Rural Living and Asthma

One of the many advantages of farm life.

Farm Kids Have Lower Risk Of Asthma, Study Shows

Science Daily — Farm children appear to have a lower risk of asthma than their urban counterparts or even those living in a non-agricultural rural environment, according to a University of Alberta study.

Analysis of two surveys involving 13,524 asthma--free children aged less than 12 years in the ongoing Canadian National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY) showed that children living in a farming environment had a lower risk of developing asthma than their counterparts who resided in either non-farming rural environments, such as...(complete article here).

I guess that heavy exposure at a young age causes the development of a higher immuno-tolerance for the pollens and dust that cause asthma.

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