Study: Lice may help prevent asthma

null A study, published in the /*BioMed Central*/ journal /*BMC Biology*/, found that mice that carried lice had calmer immune systems than uninfested rodents.

Humans can also be infested with /*lice*/, but the species that affects humans does not affect other animals.

Researchers believe that if the immune system is not properly primed in childhood, parasites like lice can trigger the /*immune system*/ in humans, making their bodies less likely to react to harmless triggers like pollens and dander.

The study supports the theory that the rise in asthma and allergies can be linked to hyperclean living.

Reuters contributed to this report.


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