Diverse Gut Bacteria May Reduce Childhood Asthma Risk: Study
Canberra, 11 Sep (ONA) --- A recent study suggests that infants and young children with a diverse gut bacteria community are less likely to develop wheezing and allergy-related asthma.
The study analyzed 323 children's gut bacteria at various stages and asked parents about allergy-related wheezing and asthma in their children.
Microbiota, acquired from mothers at birth, were found to reduce the risk of food allergies and childhood asthma by enhancing the immune system's function.
"A mature gut microbiota at age one correlated with lower chances of allergies and asthma in childhood." said Dr. Yuan Gao, a research fellow at Deakin University, Geelong in Australia.
Researchers are also planning a clinical trial involving 2,000 children to test the use of oral inactivated bacteria to protect against wheezing and asthma triggered by viral infections.