Solving the Asthma Riddle

ID-100147127Children who grow up in the farm consuming fresh unpasteurized milk have half the asthma rates seen in children living in towns. Asthma rates have been noted rise with modern lifestyle.

Researchers at Ghent University in a study published in the journal Science shows that mice exposed to dust collected from a Bavarian cow barn were immune to asthma. The immune mice had the gene A20 which is important for training the immune system.

The study is a big step forward according to Erika von Mutius, co-author of the study, in the efforts to find vaccines and drugs for the prevention and treatment of asthma. The possible forms of these medications will mimic the effect of dust from cow barns.

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Mike Dilkes ENT is based in Central, North, East and South London. Most of our consultations and treatments are carried out either at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth or The London Independent Hospital. The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth is one of London's biggest and most prestigious private hospitals.

It is in St Johns's Wood, a leafy area of the west end, just north of Harley Street and Regent's Park. The London Independent Hospital is in Stepney Green, hidden away just behind Mile End Road, just to the East of the City of London. Formally The London Jewish Hospital, it is a purpose built modern building with full facilities, beautifully appointed rooms, state of the art laser systems and, in case anything goes wrong (it really shouldn't), a fully covered Consultant 24 hour ward and Intensive Care presence - the only private hospital in London to have this.