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Allergies and Cord Blood

September 15, 2008

A study was done tracking 1,300 children born between 1989 and 1990, who had a sample of their cord blood taken at birth , to measure an immune system response showing a sensitization to certain allergens. The children were assessed at different ages to determine if they had developed any allergies or asthma.

Children who had higher rates of allergy and asthma also had high antibodies to allergens in their umbilical cord blood at birth. Thus researchers concluded that high antibody levels in umbilical cord blood may be an important predictor of childhood allergies.

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