Brigham research shows exposure to germs early in life protects later against allergies, asthma

An international team headed by scientists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital has found that being exposed to germs early in life has long-lasting effects on a subset of immune cells. Richard Blumberg, HMS professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dennis Kasper, the William Ellery Channing Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, led the research. Dale Umetsu, the Prince Turki bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud Professor of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Boston, is also quoted.

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