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Immune System Changes In Pregnancy Govern Asthma Risk
The chances of a child developing asthma or other allergies may largely be fixed by the time they are born, a study suggests. Researchers found babies with high levels of antibodies in their umbilical cord blood were more at risk. The researchers say dramatic changes in the immune system occur during pregnancy - and the immune response of the foetus - to make IgE antibodies - can start as early as the 11th week. This can be influenced by the mother''s environment as the same factors that impact on her may reach the baby via the placenta. They suggest their findings indicate that foetal immune system programming could be more important than what happens after birth in influencing the development of childhood allergies. Complete article: Asthma risk ''fixed before birth''
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