Having A Pet Pig May Offer Some Benefits
The control group consisted of children who did not have either of those conditions and were in the hospital undergoing a common eye procedure. Results showed that children with CD and UC were more likely to live in urban areas than were the control children, and the odds of regular contact with any farm animal during the first year of life were reduced significantly for children with CD or UC. The study also found that children with CD had an increased risk of respiratory allergies. The authors ascertain the hypothesis that contact with farm animals during infancy helps protect individuals against childhood allergies, might also hold true for protection against irritable bowel syndrome.
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