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Antibiotics might link to Asthma

null Asthma—often both bothersome and life-restricting—is currently the most common chronic illness among children. Causes behind the high frequency of Asthma are not entirely clear, but a recent study (reported in Scientific American yesterday) finds that giving certain antibiotics to infants may increase their risk of developing asthma later on. The study was conducted at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, where researchers used health care and prescription databases to determine a link between early antibiotic intake and childhood asthma. More than four doses of antibiotics during a baby's first year made him or her almost twice as likely to suffer from the disease later. Frighteningly enough, the discovery doesn't seem to reflect an exclusive correlation between treatment for early respiratory problems and asthma. The risk was, in fact, much greater when a baby was given antibiotics for skin or urinary tract infections. In better news, the same team also found that having a dog in the house lowered a newborn's risk of developing asthma—perhaps because these cuddly and germ-ridden creatures enhance a child's immune system.
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