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Research: Probiotics could guard youth from allergies

Recent research linked probiotic exposure to reduced allergy risk in youth.

If a woman takes probiotics while pregnant, does it reduce her child’s allergy risk? Yes, but not by much. That’s the conclusion of a first-of-its-kind meta-analysis published  in September in the journal Pediatrics.

Researchers at the University of Miami looked at 25 of the most rigorous randomized controlled trials on the subject including more than 4,000 participants younger than 18.

They concluded that early life exposure to probiotics, either in

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