Host of Factors Influence Baby's Immune System

February 21, 2015 7:00 PM

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SATURDAY, Feb. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Numerous factors influence the makeup of bacteria in the digestive system, which then alters the immune system and changes susceptibility to allergies, researchers report.

The team at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit conducted six studies of gut bacteria in babies and found that they varied by: the mother's race/ethnicity; how long the baby spent in the womb; exposure to tobacco smoke before and after birth; cesarean or vaginal birth; and whether there were pets in the ...

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