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Gender slant on hygiene hypothesis could explain skewed disease rates

The “hygiene hypothesis” suggests that increased hygiene and sanitation is linked to higher rates of asthma, allergies and autoimmune disorders. Now, one researcher says the differences in boys’ and girls’ play-styles could explain why women are at greater risk of asthma, allergies, and autoimmune disorders such as Crohn’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Oregon State University’s […]

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Hygiene Hypothesis linked to depression

Rates of depression in younger people have steadily grown to outnumber rates of depression in older populations and researchers think it may be because of a loss of healthy bacteria contributing to an inflammatory response in the brain. Emory University professor Charles Raison and other neuroscientists explore the possible link between cleanliness and depression in […]

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Rodent Comparison Supports Hygiene Hypothesis

A study appearing in the Scandinavian Journal of Immunology lends support to the idea that too much cleanliness can be bad for you. The results may explain why people in industrialized societies that practice high standards of hygiene have higher rates of allergy and autoimmune diseases than do people in less developed societies in which […]

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