UN­DER THE MI­CRO­SCOPE

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Lim­it­ing use of in­fant wipes that leave soap on the skin and rins­ing off soap residue with wa­ter could be one strat­egy that helps re­duce food al­ler­gies, re­veal sci­en­tists from North­west­ern Univer­sity Fein­berg School of Medicine in the US. The cause of child­hood food al­lergy has long been a mys­tery, but the sci­en­tists are link­ing it to a com­bi­na­tion of genes that pre­dis­pose us to sen­si­tive skin and cer­tain en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tors. We can’t con­trol our genes, but the re­searchers be­lieve that lim­it­ing use of wipes and re­duc­ing a child’s skin ex­po­sure to food al­ler­gens by wash­ing our hands be­fore phys­i­cal con­tact could help pre­vent the de­vel­op­ment of food al­ler­gies as chil­dren grow. “It’s a ma­jor ad­vance in our un­der­stand­ing of how food al­lergy starts early in life,” says Pro­fes­sor Joan Cook-Mills.

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