-- Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 8 (HealthDay News) -- The children of mothers
who were around farm animals and cats during pregnancy are less
likely to develop atopic dermatitis in their first two years of
life, new European research shows.
Atopic dermatitis (also called atopic eczema) is a chronic and
painful inflammation of the skin that frequently occurs in
childhood. The condition affects up to 20 percent of children in
industrialized countries and is one of the most common childhood
A research team from the University of Zurich looked at 508
European children from families that lived on farms and 555
children who weren't from farm families in rural areas of Austria,
Finland, France, Germany and Switzerland.
Along with the first finding, the researchers also identified
two genes associated with a child's reduced risk of developing
atopic dermatitis in the first two years of life.
The findings support the theory that a gene-environment
interaction with a child's developing immune system influences the
development of atopic dermatitis, said the researchers.
The study appears in the
Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology.
Previous research has found that allergies are less likely in
children who grow up on farms and whose mothers lived on farms
during their pregnancy.
The U.S. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and
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