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Being too clean may cause Type 1 diabetes

'Friendly' bacteria help to stop the development of Type 1 diabetes, according to new research published in Nature

The findings, by scientists in the USA and colleagues at the University of Bristol including Professor Susan Wong, support the so-called “hygiene hypothesis”, the theory that a lack of exposure to bacteria and viruses in the developed world may lead to an increased risk of diseases like allergies, asthma, and other disorders of the immune system.

See:http://www.bris.ac.uk/news/2008/5917.html