Gut bacteria could be key in preventing asthma in children

The bacteria in a baby's gut might play a big role in preventing an asthma diagnosis later in life, according to a study published in Science Translational Medicine today. The guts of infants who are at high risk for asthma display low levels of four specific bacterial species when they are three months old, scientists have discovered. The finding could lead to a test that can more accurately predict which children might develop asthma, but the upshot of the study is even bigger.

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