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Eczema protection improved by cats

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Pregnant women who come into contact with cats and farm animals during their term more than halve the risk of their babies developing eczema during the first two years of life, according to scientists.

A collaborative study of 1,063 children by European scientists found that contact with at least three different farm animal species during pregnancy elevated the genetic protection passed on to the infants in the form of innate immune receptors.

This coincided with fewer cases of atopic dermatitis recorded among the infants.

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