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Allergies and the Hygiene Hypothesis

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Allergies and the Hygiene Hypothesis

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Allergies and the Hygiene Hypothesis

Allergies and the Hygiene Hypothesis

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What is behind the rise in childhood allergies? One theory is that an emphasis on hygiene means we are no longer exposing children to enough bacteria to help trigger their natural immune systems. Dr. Hugh Sampson, professor of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York, offers Debbie Elliott some medical background.

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