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Children raised in rural environments grow up to have more resilient immune systems and might be at lower risk of mental illness, according to a new study.
Researchers from the University of Ulm suggest that the animals and bacteria-laden dust found in the countryside could help children to avoid health problems.
Professor - Christopher - Lowry - Co-author - Study
Professor Christopher Lowry, co-author of the study, said: “It has already been very well documented that exposure to pets and rural environments during development is beneficial in terms of reducing risk of asthma and allergies later in life.
“This study moves the conversation forward by showing for the first time in humans that these same exposures are likely to be important for mental health.”
Study - Men - Half - Farm - Animals
The study involved 40 healthy men aged 20-40 - half of who had grown up on a farm with animals, and half in a large city without pets.
Participants were asked to give a speech in front of a group, and then solve a difficult maths problem while being timed.
Blood - Saliva - Minutes - Minutes - Test
Blood and saliva were taken five minutes before and five, 15, 60, 90 and 120 minutes after the test.
Results revealed that participants who grew...
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