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The significance of cleanliness and personal hygiene in the pathogenesis of allergies

A new study carried out by LMU researchers has found no evidence for the notion that an overemphasis on personal and household hygiene stimulates the development of childhood allergies and asthma. The finding is based on data obtained from 400 families, which was compiled and analyzed by the research group led by Professor Erika von Mutius, Head of the Outpatient Department of Asthma Allergies at Dr. von Hauner Children’s Hospital, Munich. The results appear in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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