November 22, 2009

PUT AWAY THE BUBBLE WRAP:

Dirt can be good for children, say scientists (BBC, 11/23/09)


Normal bacteria living on the skin trigger a pathway that helps prevent inflammation when we get hurt, the US team discovered.

The bugs dampen down overactive immune responses that can cause cuts and grazes to swell, they say.

Their work is published in the online edition of Nature Medicine.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 22, 2009 9:56 PM
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