Farm Kids Get Fewer Allergies, International Study Finds

TUESDAY, Sept. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Growing up on a farm may help ward off allergies later in life, a new study suggests.

The study also found that women who spend their early years on a farm typically have stronger lungs than their suburban or city-dwelling peers.

Other research has suggested that exposure to germs and potential allergens in early childhood could protect people against allergies later. A team led by the University of Melbourne's Shyamali Dharmage put this "hygiene hypothesis" to the test. Dharmage is a professor in the Center for Epidemiology & Biostatistics.

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