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Virus linked to child obesity

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Children exposed to a particular strain of adenovirus are significantly more likely to be obese, according to research.

The American study examined 124 children, 67 of which were obese and 57 of which were not, for the presence of antibodies specific to adenovirus AD36. It found the antibodies in 15 of the obese children but only four in the non-obese group.

Adenoviruses cause a variety of respiratory, gastrointestinal and other infections.

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