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Early Microbial Exposure Prevents Leukemia

Among children born with a genetic mutation that can cause acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), lack of exposure to common infections in the first 12 months of life may increase their risk of later developing a virus or bacteria that triggers ALL.  This “delayed infection” theory thus posits that “priming” the immune system via exposure to a variety of germs, dirt and microbes in early life is essential for its optimal function later.  Read more...

 

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