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First Months Decisive for Immune System Development

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Many diseases caused by a dysregulated immune system, such as allergies, asthma and autoimmunity, can be traced back to events in the first few months after birth. To date, the mechanisms behind the development of the immune system have not been fully understood. Now, researchers at Karolinska Institutet show a connection between breast milk, beneficial gut bacteria, and the development of the immune system. The study is published in Cell.

"A possible application of our results is a preventative method for reducing the risk of allergies, asthma, and autoimmune disease later in life by helping the ...