Decreases in pediatric asthma linked to reduced antibiotics, changes in gut bacteria

The incidence of asthma in children declined 26% from 2000 to 2014 in British Columbia, Canada, and researchers have linked the decrease to reductions in early antibiotic exposure, mediated by changes in gut microbiota.“At both the population-level and individual-level, this study shows a robust association between antibiotic exposure in the first year of life and an increased risk of asthma in early childhood,” David M. Patrick, PhD, professor and infectious disease specialist at the School of Population and Public Health and medical epidemiology lead for antimicrobial resistanceRead More

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