A STUDY in Sweden has shown 39 percent of infants taken to hospital with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) developed asthma by the age of 18, compared with only nine percent of infants who were not ill.
Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine think they know why. They found that the virus impairs part of the immune system called regulatory T cells. They think their finding could help towards a treatment, particularly for infants in families with a strong family history of asthma.
Researchers also found women who are stressed during pregnancy are more likely to have babies who suffer from asthma and allergies, so it’s important to control your stress. You can try deep breathing, meditation, yoga and other stress-control practices.
Source: Thorax 2010;65:1045-1052 doi:10.1136/thx.2009.121582
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