Bacteria Can Prevent Asthma In Infants & Toxins Threaten Reproductive Health

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Scientists may be a step closer to figuring out how to prevent asthma, and increases of toxic chemicals in the body system by pesticides and air pollutants are increasing miscarriages and birth defects.

Infants can be protected from getting asthma if they acquire four types of gut bacteria by the time they are three months old. That’s the finding of a new study from the University of British Columbia. Researchers say most babies naturally acquire these four bacteria from their environments, but some do not. The discovery opens the door to developing  treatments for infants to prevent the chronic condition.

A major group of international obstetricians and gynecologists says dramatic increases in the use of toxic chemicals are threatening human reproduction and health. The organization says miscarriages and birth defects are among the long list of poor health outcomes linked to chemicals such as pesticides and air pollutants.

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